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What’s Blooming in the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden?

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Common spiderwort

Tradescantia ohiensis

Some consider Spiderwort a wildflower; others consider it a weed, especially if it is in their turfgrass.

This perennial can reach a height and spread of about 2 feet. It may die back in the winter, but it will return in the spring. Spiderwort prefers full sun to partial shade, but it flowers less in shade.

This plant does well in acid, well drained or sandy soil. Propagation is from division. It does well in groupings and can appear in various locations in your landscape.

For more information on this plant, please see the University of Florida publications http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/care/weeds-and-invasive-plants/spiderwort.html and http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture/gardentalk/flowers.html#spiderwort, from which this article was adapted.

Don’t confuse this spiderwort with the small-leaf spiderwort, Tradescantia fluminensis, a non-native that produces a white flower. That spiderwort is a Category I on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s 2013 List of Invasive Plant Species (http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/456). We hope you will stop by our perennial garden to view our spiderwort.

Lynn Barber

The Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden is one of several demonstration gardens at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.

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