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Tradescantia edwardsiana

Plateau spiderwort, Edward's spiderwort

Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family)

Tradescantia edwardsiana (Plateau spiderwort)
Henderson, Mary S. and Mary Hall

Named after John Tradescant (1608-1662) who served as gardener to Charles 1 of England.

Tradescantia species will hybridize in just about any combination.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May


Native Habitat: Endemic to Edwards Plateau. Moist, rich soils.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Conditions Comments: These spring jewels are best planted in an informal or natural landscape. Lovely mixed with other groundcovers beneath large trees. The leaves are edible and evergreen in winter.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes

Last Update: 2009-04-15