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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.
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Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
Purple, Pink, White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Partial Shade and Full Sun
Blooming History: 
May 18, 2001 to June 26, 2001May 4, 2002 to July 5, 2002May 9, 2003 to July 9, 2003May 14, 2004 to November 12, 2004May 10, 2005 to July 20, 2005May 5, 2006 to July 20, 2006May 15, 2007 to July 20, 2007May 15, 2008 to July 11, 2008May 11, 2009 to July 22, 2009April 13, 2010 to July 17, 2010May 17, 2011 to July 7, 2011May 3, 2012 to July 13, 2012May 25, 2013 to July 25, 2013May 23, 2014 to July 2, 2014June 18, 2015 to August 3, 2015May 14, 2016 to July 15, 2016July 18, 2018 to October 17, 2018May 8, 2019

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