Also known by the name ‘Sweet Kate'. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat. It melts away to nothing. Tolerant of wet, boggy soils. JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. Thrives in areas with cold freezing winters and hot summers. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. Generally, they are weakly upright plants that grow in clumps in woodland areas and open fields. (Wort simply means plant or root in Latin.) Gardenality is a gardening-centric site made by gardeners for gardeners with tools that enhance any gardening for the expert to the weekend gardener. These flowers are named Tradescantia after two very interesting Englishmen, a father and son, of the Elizabethan Age. Young shoots are susceptible to damage from snails and caterpillars. Even though he died in 1662, only 42 years after the Pilgrims arrived, he managed three different trips to Virginia. Deadhead each flower cluster after all buds in the cluster have opened to extend the bloom period. Sweet Kate Spiderwort is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. The Andersoniana Group of hybrid spiderworts are some of the most common perennial spiderworts seen in cultivation. Named garden selections offer flowers in white, blue shades, lavender, purple, shades of pink from pale to near-red; these plants are often sold as Tradescantia x andersoniana or as members of the Andersonia Group. Be the first to review this product. He introduced the North American Tulip Tree and other plants to Europe, but he and his father are immortalized forever in these beautiful American wildflowers. The lack Apr 21, 2020 - Explore faye's board "Spiderwort" on Pinterest. I have planted mine around the perimeter of my woodsy backyard, outside of the stone-bordered beds, just because I … Varieties of Spiderwort ‘Zwanenberg‘ is a traditional spiderwort with very large, blue to deep-purple flowers. If your order requires more than one shipment and all items are shipping to the same address, there is no additional shipping charge. I have 'Osprey' where the roots are definitely shaded by a hosta and it gets a few hours of direct sun in the afternoon. Divide clumps when crowded. Flowers bloom all summer. While a name like spiderwort may not sound like something you'd want around, this resilient perennial should have a home in everyone’s garden. The Spiderworts common name is obvious; the blooms look somewhat like spiders. Three petaled flowers form from late spring into fall. Blue & Gold Spiderwort. It doesn't melt away as totally as 'Sweet Kate'. Iridescent violet blue flowers stud the foliage for exciting high contrast. Close-up of flowers on Sweet Kate. Less water, less mowing, and no pesticides. Luckily each plant produces many of them, in leisurely succession. Step by step instructions on how to plant your wildflower seeds. Three-petaled, purplish-blue flowers (to 1.5” diameter) accented by contrasting yellow stamens are borne in terminal clusters (umbels) atop stiff stems. View picture of Tradescantia, Spiderwort, Virginia Spiderwort, Lady's Tears 'Sweet Kate' (Tradescantia x andersoniana) at Dave's Garden. Close × Share This Page. Cutting back plants almost to the ground will promote both new foliage growth and an additional late summer to fall bloom. All pictures are contributed by our community. Long-blooming and native to the US, 'Sweet Kate' is slightly fragrant, attracting butterflies to its flowers, but not deer. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. It might surprise you to learn that the leaves, stems, and flowers of the spiderwort plant are edible. 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