Tradescantia x andersoniana
Easy to grow, trouble-free 18 inch tall perennial with grass-like, deep green leaves. The three-petaled 1-3 inch flowers are formed in large clusters, and although individual flowers last only a day, plants are seldom out of flower in summer. 'Shimmer Mixed' Spiderwort grows in full sun to full shade. Winter hardy to zone 5.
How to Plant SPIDERWORT Seeds
Sow seed in cell packs or flats,
press into soil, barely cover.
Kept at 70-80° F.,
germination averages 30-40
days. Transplant into the garden
12-18 inches apart.
Comments: Full sun to full shade. More compact, heavy blooming in sun, flowers brighter in shade, growth more lax. Tolerates wide range of soils and average water. Prefers ample water, tolerates wet soils. Cut back hard after bloom; keeps plants neat, encourages repeat bloom in autumn. Manage spread by dividing plants every 2-4 years, and by removing lax stems that can root in soil. Rarely bothered by pests or disease. Flowers attract butterflies.