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Name: Mark Miller
Malvern, PA (Zone 6b)
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Dexter0401
Jun 3, 2018 8:44 AM CST
What is this perennial? Flowers just came out. It's growing about two feet tall.

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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 3, 2018 8:59 AM CST
Probably Tradescantia.
Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana)
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Mark Miller
Malvern, PA (Zone 6b)
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Dexter0401
Jun 3, 2018 9:09 AM CST
greene said:Probably Tradescantia.
Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana)


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plantladylin
Jun 3, 2018 9:27 AM CST
I agree, Tradescantia; both Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) and Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) appear in many parts of the U.S. (including Pa.) but I don't know how to tell the difference or which is more prevalent in your area.
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purpleinopp
Jun 3, 2018 10:10 AM CST
Me either. I gave up trying to sort the "spiderwort" species of Tradescantia.
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greene
Jun 3, 2018 5:12 PM CST
Me three!! When I first moved to Georgia I spent an entire summer trying to get rid of this persistent plant, thinking it was a 'weed'. Once I learned it's actually a wildflower, I did up and relocate the plants to garden beds. My favorites are the ones with pinkish, white or light blue flowers. Hurray!
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purpleinopp
Jun 4, 2018 7:45 AM CST
I think there are 2 species in my yard, but really don't know for sure, or which ones. I love them too! If I want a spot in a bed where one is growing for something else, they're easy to dig up, the giant roots rarely break, once the soil is heaved up from under them. I was there to dig a hole anyway, easy peasy.

I like to put them around the edges of taller entities that are just in the lawn, not in a bed. The ring of spiderwort can be left unmowed until it gets too hot & stops blooming, then mowed with the rest of the lawn until next spring.

Bees are always so busy at the blooms in the spring, a valuable native to them for sure.
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