General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 24 - 30 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Fruit: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees
Suitable for wintersowing
Seeds are hydrophilic
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

Common names
  • Zigzag Spiderwort

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Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2012-05-13
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2003-05-23
Steven J. Baskauf
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2003-05-23
Steven J. Baskauf
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2003-05-23
Steven J. Baskauf
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2003-05-23
Steven J. Baskauf
  • Posted by Phytodiscovery (Rossville, GA - Zone 7b) on Jun 19, 2017 11:28 AM concerning plant:
    This is one of the best native plant species I have ever grown. Tradescantia subaspera grows well whether it has recently been transplanted, or it has been in the same place for years. I have not yet seen it perform well in the wild. However; in my garden I have seen it thrive in every spot I have planted it. This spiderwort transplants and becomes established very quickly and easily. It's not picky about moisture, but it does seem to prefer a mostly shaded position with a few hours of direct morning sun. It will bloom for months: from late spring to early fall. It's not invasive but if allowed to self sow, a few seedlings may pop up over the years. Tradescantia subaspera multiplies quickly to form a magnificent clump, once it has grown to a certain size it stops spreading and will bloom happily for years without the need of division. This plant is handsome whether in bloom or not, the dark fuzzy leaves and stalks somewhat resemble that of corn, and add interest to the garden throughout the growing season. The only problem I have ever had with the plant is that it can flop over in strong high winds.

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