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Aid75
Jun 18, 2020 1:37 AM CST
Does anybody know whether this is a weed or plant
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Jun 18, 2020 2:48 AM CST
If you like it, then its a plant, if you don't like it then its a weed. It's your call!
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BigBill
Jun 18, 2020 4:30 AM CST
Spiderwort.
Extremely aggressive. It spreads from seeds and varieties require constant care to keep them from taking over. It flowers in various shades of pink through purple.
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sallyg
Jun 18, 2020 7:09 AM CST
Native in US, maybe native in Europe, yes aggressive.
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Bonehead
Jun 18, 2020 7:41 AM CST
Not aggressive for me in the Pacific NW. I've had a clump for many years and it has grown bigger (as most perennials will) but has not overstayed its welcome.
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plantladylin
Jun 18, 2020 7:43 AM CST
Hi Aid75, Welcome!

Yes, that is a variety of Tradescantia but I'm not sure which ones grow in your area. Here are a couple of entries in our database with information and photos for comparison:
Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)
Spiderwort (Tradescantia x andersoniana)
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BigBill
Jun 18, 2020 7:49 AM CST
Two years ago I had 25 plants in my backyard 8 X 8' bed around my fountain. Now they inhabit the entire bed.
I have two kidney shaped raised beds out front. Both are about 15' long by 6 feet wide. One bed had about fifteen plant last summer, this year 300! I just removed them, actually cut them down five days ago trying to limit seed production. The other bed has 3 dozen stems. I cut them down as well. I have tons of squirrels and chipmunks and I am sure that they have the best intensions by relocating the seeds. But if I did not try to control Spiderwort, I would no longer have any beds left.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jun 18, 2020 4:16 PM CST
Climate and cultivar matters, I guess.
My clump of 'Sweet Kate" (chartruese color leaves probably slow it down due to less chlorophyll?) has grown very slowly over a decade plus. Various small swapped plants have mixed with (maybe ) natives, until I cannot give enough away, in white, lavendar, purple, and pink.
After blooming, it will set seed and may look ratty in summer. I try to cut off most seedheads and stems and keep them from seeding thickly in my beds.
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BigBill
Jun 18, 2020 4:22 PM CST
Mine is a really bright pink color and it is very aggressive.
On Long Island I had a purple one that was easy to contain.
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Silversurfer
Jun 18, 2020 4:29 PM CST
In UK they seem well behaved.
The flowers can be exquisite.
This is Osprey.
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plantladylin
Jun 18, 2020 4:44 PM CST
Oh my goodness, Spiderwort (Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Osprey') gorgeous.

@SilverSurfer, what a beautiful bloom photo!! Lovey dubby
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sallyg
Jun 18, 2020 6:11 PM CST
I love how their bright stamen just seem to float above the rich colors. I have an all white, and a white with a touch of purple in the center. Medium purple seems to be where they revert to mostly. And it's not bad, having those bright gold stamens.
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plantladylin
Jun 18, 2020 6:28 PM CST
The golden yellow anthers really are pretty and the purple filaments and frilly purple trichomes really are gorgeous against the white petals!
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crawgarden
Jun 18, 2020 6:38 PM CST
Welcome to the site! Not aggressive in my 4b garden!
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sallyg
Jun 18, 2020 7:06 PM CST
ooh, thanks for all the right terminology, plantladylin, I was guessing Big Grin
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Silversurfer
Jun 19, 2020 5:30 AM CST
Welcome to the forums Aid75.

Sorry they are a problem plant for some.
In Lincolnshire UK..they will be fine.
At one time in old garden we had a collection of different ones.
This is Tradescantia andersoniana Sweet Kate...leaves golden/acid yellow
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jun 19, 2020 6:03 AM CST
Here's a somewhat technical article about the garden spiderworts. It says that a single plant is self sterile.
https://www.chicagobotanic.org...
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Lioba
Jun 20, 2020 9:18 AM CST
Looks like a gorgeous plant and flowers. If you want to keep them you may want to put them in deep containers to prevent spreading like folks do with primroses in my area. For example, large pots, lined tires, large tall metal things all mostly buried into the ground. Use your imagination. Smiling
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