Tradescantia virginiana

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 Tradescantia virginiana subsp. var.  
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Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
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Height: 12 in to 20 in
Width: 20 in to 48 in
Lifespan: perennial
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: part-sun
Features: flowers
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USDA Zones: 7 to 10
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Flower features: red, blue, purple, pink
Commelinaceae > Tradescantia virginiana var. ,

Tradescantia virginiana (Virginia spiderwort) is a species of Tradescantia (spiderwort) native to the eastern United States. Spiderwort is commonly grown in gardens and many garden spiderworts seem to be hybrids of T. virginiana and other Tradescantia species.[1]

Tradescantia virginiana is a herbaceous plant with alternate, simple leaves, on tubular stems. The flowers are blue, purple, or white, borne in summer.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Tradescantia virginiana, Linn.; also spelled virginica (T. montana, Shuttlw., not Heyne. T. tumida, Lindl.). Common Spiderwort. Erect, branching, 1-3 ft., glabrous or nearly so: lvs. conduplicate, very long linear-lanceolate (6-15 in. long), clasping: umbels several-fld., terminal, the pedicel recurving when not in bloom: fls. violet-blue, in various shades, 1-2 in. across, produced freely nearly all summer: sepals villous. N. Y. to S. D., Va., and Ark.—An exceedingly variable plant.

  • Var. alba, Hort., is a white-fld. form.
  • Var. alba grandiflora, Hort., is offered in the trade.
  • Var. alba major, Hort., appears in the trade.
  • Var. atrosanguinea, Hort., has dark red fls.
  • Var. caerulea, Hort., has bright blue fls.
  • Var. caerulea plena, Hort., is a double-fld. form.
  • Var. carnea, Hort., is offered in the trade.
  • Var. coccinea, Hort., has bright red fls.
  • Var. congesta, Hort., has purple fls.
  • Var. delicata, Hort., pale mauve.
  • Var. grandiflora alba, Hort., is known in the trade.
  • Var. major, Hort., has double fls. which are about the size of the type.
  • Var. purpurea, Hort., is offered in the trade.
  • Var. rubra, Hort., has dark rosy pink or red fls.
  • Var. violacea, Hort., has purple-blue or violet fls.


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Tradescantia virginiana is a perennial forb/herb. It likes most moist soils but can adapt to drier garden soils. Plants may be propagated from seed but they are more easily started from cuttings or divisions.


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