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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    Spiderwort has grassy foliage and interesting purple blossoms, but tends to flop after flowering. It does best in shady locations and benefits from a good haircut after blooming.

    Latin Name

    Tradescantia virginiana


    Family

    Commelinaceae


    Also Known As

    Spider Lily


    Type of Plant

    Perennials

    Bloom Season

    May - July


    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 3'
    Max Spread: 1.5'

    Uses

  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Shade
    Part Shade

    Tollerances

  • Clay Soil
  • Black Walnut

  • Toxicity

    Skin irritant

    Colors


    Native Range

    Eastern United States


    History

    Philadelphia plantsman John Bartram listed this Virginia native for sale in 1770.


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