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    Blue Stone Spiderwort

    Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Blue Stone'

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    Blue Stone Spiderwort (Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Blue Stone') at Hartman Companies

    Blue Stone Spiderwort flowers

    Blue Stone Spiderwort flowers

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    Height:  18 inches

    Spacing:  14 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  3

    Other Names:  Widow's Tears

    Ornamental Features

    Blue Stone Spiderwort has masses of beautiful clusters of blue flowers at the ends of the stems from early to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its grassy leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Blue Stone 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.

    Blue Stone Spiderwort is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Border Edging
    • General Garden Use
    • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

    Planting & Growing

    Blue Stone Spiderwort will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 14 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 performs well in both full sun and full shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Massing  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing 
    Applications
    Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
    Ornamental Features
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