Virginia Spiderwort flowers
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Plant Height: 18 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Widow's Tears, Spider Lily
A clump forming variety that can get up to three feet tall; short lived flowers bloom from terminal clusters in succession; pretty violet blooms emerge over iris-like foliage; perfect for shaded gardens
Virginia Spiderwort has masses of beautiful clusters of violet flowers with blue overtones and a white flare at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Virginia Spiderwort is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Virginia Spiderwort is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
Planting & Growing
Virginia Spiderwort will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.