Tradescantia virginiana
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Tradescantia virginiana

Virginia spiderwort
common spiderwort

  family commelinaceae 
  genus tradescantia 

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Genus  Tradescantia Species  virginiana Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Virginia spiderwort   common spiderwort Family  COMMELINACEAE Specimen number  S11244 Data source  HtZn p176;Xeri p304
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' 6" - 2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Despite its invasive tendency, this plant is still worthwhile to have. Tradescantia virginiana can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40� Fahrenheit. Common spiderwort (also known as Virginia spiderwort) needs summer days with high heat. Full sun to partial shade is needed for this plant to do its best. It usually does best in dry soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities  Invasive
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Tradescantia virginiana is a perennial. Flowers: Common spiderwort (locally known in some parts as Virginia spiderwort) has three wide petals with notable stamens. Typically the flowers are either blue or violet.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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