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Spiderwort

Tradescantia virginiana

Sometime after 1600 John Tradescant the Elder of England received this eastern North American native from a friend who "brought it out of Virginia." Tradescant recorded blue, white, and pink flowered sorts occurring in his garden at Lambeth, known as the "Ark." During the mid-eighteenth century Philip Miller suggested planting Spiderworts in large shady borders where the flowers would last longer. Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon recommended dividing in September the "Virginian Spiderwort" in his American Gardener's Calendar of 1806. Like all members of the Commelina family, each individual flower lasts only one day.

Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
Purple, Pink, White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Partial Shade and Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 May 18 to 2001 Jun 262002 May 4 to 2002 Jul 52003 May 9 to 2003 Jul 92004 May 14 to 2004 Nov 122005 May 10 to 2005 Jul 202006 May 5 to 2006 Jul 202007 May 15 to 2007 Jul 202008 May 15 to 2008 Jul 112009 May 11 to 2009 Jul 222010 Apr 13 to 2010 Jul 172011 May 17 to 2011 Jul 72012 May 3 to 2012 Jul 132013 May 25 to 2013 Jul 252014 May 23 to 2014 Jul 2
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