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Tradescantia - Spiderworts

Extremely easy to grow and care for, Tradescantia (Spiderwort) are trailing or tufted perennials with fleshy, evergreen foliage and three-petaled flowers in shades of blue to purple, pink, white or red. The blossoms only remain open for a day, but the profuse flowers will continually bloom for up to 4-6 weeks in summer. Popular in pots or hanging baskets, Spiderwort can also be used as ground covers, in borders, edging, woodland gardens or as indoor plants. Quite resilient and virtually indestructible, deer resistant, adaptable and long blooming, some Tradescantia varieties are among the most delightful subjects.

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Tradescantia (Andersoniana Group) 'Concord Grape' (Spider Lily)

Award-winning Tradescantia 'Concord Grape' (Spider Lily) is an excellent clump-forming perennial with narrowly lance-shaped blue-green leaves which remain attractive during most of the growing season. From early to midsummer, the foliage is topped by small clusters of three-petaled, bright purple flowers, up to 1.5 in. across (4 cm), adorned with showy yellow stamens.

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Tradescantia (Andersoniana Group) 'Sweet Kate' (Spider Lily)

Noted for its luminous chartreuse foliage, Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' (Spider Lily) is a compact clump-forming perennial with narrowly lance-shaped bright golden-yellow leaves. From late spring to midsummer, the foliage is topped by small clusters of three-petaled, violet blue flowers, up to 1.5 in. across (4 cm), adorned with showy yellow stamens.

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Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort)

Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort) is a vigorous, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with long, arching, blue-green, grass-like leaves that are folded lengthwise. From late spring to midsummer, the foliage is topped by small clusters of three-petaled, blue (sometimes rose) flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with a bouquet of showy yellow stamens.

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Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea' (Purple Heart)

Attractive and durable, Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea' (Purple Heart) is a popular trailing evergreen perennial noted for its remarkable foliage of narrow, pointed, purple leaves, 2-5 in. long (5-12 cm). Arranged alternately along thick, but fragile, purple stems, the leaves are deep royal purple above, bright violet underneath.

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Tradescantia sillamontana (White Velvet)

Tradescantia sillamontana (White Velvet) is an evergreen, erect perennial noted for its oval, stem-clasping, olive to gray-green leaves densely covered with silver-white, woolly hairs. In summer, clusters of small, bright purple-pink flowers are on display for about a month.

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Tradescantia virginiana (Virginia Spiderwort)

Tradescantia virginiana (Virginia Spiderwort) is a vigorous, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with long, erect or arching, bright-green, narrow leaves. From late spring to midsummer, the foliage is topped by small clusters of three-petaled, violet-blue to purple flowers, up to 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with showy yellow stamens.

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Tradescantia zebrina (Wandering Jew)

A popular houseplant, Tradescantia zebrina (Wandering Jew) is a trailing evergreen perennial with attractive, lance-shaped, green to purple leaves with two wide, silvery longitudinal stripes, while the lower leaf surface is solid magenta.

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