Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants



Tradescantia virginiana

Morning sun to light shade, medium to moderately dry moisture level, prefers humus-rich soil but adaptable to clay and sandy soils, circumneutral pH. 1-3 feet height; blooms spring into summer; flowers are typically blue to lavender to pink but occasionally white; can self-sow prolifically in ideal conditions.

Germination Code:  C(90). Division or transplanting self-sown seedlings is easiest method.

Native Region:  Lightly scattered statewide with greatest concentration in Western Highland Rim.

An attractive plant with showy flowers and long, bright green, narrow leaves. Each flower lasts only a day, opening in the morning and then turning into a gooey pulp. Very adaptable plant tolerating a range of conditions. Foliage declines after flowering and should be cut back to the ground in summer to promote new growth and a fall bloom. Native to prairies, savannas, thickets, and woodland edges and openings. Attracts bees.


One response to “Spiderwort

  1. Sarah Marcel January 21, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Low maintenance, thrives in East Tennessee. As long as a few hours of sun are available in the morning, very happy with afternoon shade in the summer. Fine to divide every three years, so can quickly fill a planting area. Don’t be tempted to bring it inside for the winter- it’s happier to be left alone and wait for spring in the yard.

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