Our Native Spiderwort

close up of Spiderwort flowers

Close-up of Spiderwort flowers

Planting of Spiderwort in my back yard

Planting of Spiderwort in my back yard

My friend, Libby, saw this spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) growing in my garden and asked me why on earth would I grow this weed. My answer was simple. I like it where I have it located. The reason she said that is because this native seeds badly and can easily get out of hand. My trick is not exceptional. I just cut all the flower stalks back to the ground and enjoy the foliage as the border after it blooms. These plants were given to me by my friend, Bill Holcombe, who runs the Garden Obsession group featured on our tool bar. This is one of those plants that can be easily transplanted just about any time, and will probably have to be gotten from a friend or a native plant group who sells their plants. As for its culture, I do nothing, and it does just fine. Just remember, if you don’t want seedlings everywhere, cut the spent blooms off before the seed heads form.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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