We recently moved into a new home and discovered that we have 4 spider
wort plants. We never had these before and do not know how to care for them.
When we moved in they were about 6" tall and now they are 24"tall. They have
fallen over due to the weight. They continue to bloom beautiful blue flowers
each morning and close at night. Come this fall what steps need to be taken.
Do you cut them back or let nature take its course?
cut them back and get yourself a garden grid and put over it. They'll grow
back and thru the grid and bloom a second time. They're perennials. I've
already cut mine back but if you don't they'll seed in other places in your
yard or garden and you can lift them come spring when they come up to a
I have a dark blue one, a lighter blue one, once that is white with blush
blue and blue stamens that had the name of Mystic Blue's, and a shocking
magenta pink one that reseeded in a totally different spot where the
original clump was.
Easy to take care of. Garden grids? Lowes or Home Depot for $3.19 each with
three legs on the circle grid and green. Love those things.
madgardener up on the ridge, back in Fairy Holler, overlooking English
Mountain in Eastern Tennessee zone 7, Sunset zone 36
what's really good information, Cereus,something kinda neat is that I not
only have the perennial varieties of Tradescanthia that are hardy for here,
but I apparently have had Callisia fragrans which is a type of Tradescanthia
or spiderwort for decades. And now have another houseplant, the fuzzy Brown
spiderwort. <g> It's finally thriving in the heat and humidity on the north
balcony with the other shade loving tropicals and what not.
The brown fuzzy one isn't a Tradescantia. Its Cyanotis kewensis from India.
Siderasis fuscata is brown and fuzzy but it is rosette plant not a creeper.
Tradescantia is strictly a New World genus.
Quite a few former Tradescantia are now Callisia or Gibasis, while former
Zebrina, Setcreasea and Rhoeo are now back in Tradescantia.
nope that's not it............Siderasis "Brown Spiderwort" Siderasis fuscata
from Brazil. Pyrrheima Hassk. Commelinaceae. One sp. a per. herb, native
to Brazil, sts. short, underground, leaves in a rosette, covered with dense
rust-colored hairs, flowers in unpaired cincinni, subtended by small bracts,
on short hairy peduncles from the crown, sepals and petals separate, stamens
6, filamenta glabrous, ovary hairy, 3 celled, each cell with 2 ovules.
Fuscata (Lodd) H. E. Morre (pyrrheima fuscata) leaves elliptic, to 8 inches
long 3 inches wide, dark green above with whitish center, purplish-red
beneath, flowers nearly violet to rose-purple, about 1 inch across.
Resembles the flowers of Tradescanthia, or Spiderwort.
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