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Common Name: Spiderwort      Latin Name: Tradescantia virginiana      Size: 0 (min) to 0 (max)
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Have many of the Spiderwort plants and am wondering what to do now that they have flowered many times and are now turning brown. Can I cut them back or should I let them go until Fall/winter when they die back naturally. I live in Huntsville, Alabama. Its been very hot here - wondering if that has anything to do with the browning.Thank you
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Tradescantia virginiana

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Category: Perennial
Genus: Tradescantia
species: virginiana
Size: 0 (min) to 0 (max)
Size Description:
Growth habit: Clumping
Foliage: Alternate, strap-like and up to 1.5 feet long
Flowers: Terminal umbels with violet-purple flowers that have 3 pubescent petals, 3 sepals and 6 stamens. Some plants produce flowers that are white, pink or red. Flowers close at night or on cloudy days. Blooms from May to July. Flowers last one day but are quickly replaced by more flowers. The flowers are self-cleaning, so deadheading is not necessary.
Culture: Sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. Tolerant of most soils including those that are moist or boggy, but will produce fewer flowers in these soils. Foliage looks tattered after flowering and can be cut back to allow for re-growth and re-bloom in the fall.
Pests and problems: Provide very good drainage to discourage root rot.
Uses: Border, naturalized shady areas
Propagation: Seed, division
Cultivars and related species:
‘Concord Grape’ has grape-colored blooms and has frosted blue-green foliage which remains compact.
T. ohioensis has grey-green foliage and blue flowers
Notes courtesy of Sue Trusty.
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Location: Ault Park 5090 Observatory Circle Cincinnati OH
Specimen: 113
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Tradescantia virginiana
Location: Adopt a Plot
Age: 2008
Photo Credit: Brandan Jones
Season: Mid Summer 2008
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