Tradescantia 'Blue Denim'
  Common Name: Spiderwort
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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

A long-blooming selection of spiderwort with true blue flowers the color of its namesake. Each 1-2 inch wide, 3-petaled flower only lasts for one day, but the plants have lots of buds, extending the bloom time up to eight weeks. The flowers are self-cleaning, so deadheading is not necessary.

The clean grey-green foliage looks great all summer long, unlike many other varieties which need to be cut back by early summer. This variety have a nice clumping habit that usually does not need to be staked.

Origin: Native Cultivar

Characteristics:



Height:
  26-30 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Rain Garden
  Eclectic

 

Size(s) Offered:

  Bare Root: #1 Grade (25ct)

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Mass Planting

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Tradescantia is adaptable to many types of soil as long as it is moist and well-drained. It will grow in any amount of sunlight, from full sun to full shade. In full sun, plants must be kept moist to prevent scorching. Plants will have nicer foliage, though perhaps fewer flowers, in partial to full shade. After flowering declines, cut plants all the way back. This will encourage new growth and a second round of bloom.

This clump-forming perennial is easy to divide in either the spring or in early fall. Seedlings may sprout around the parent plant, but they are easily lifted and moved. Tradscantia is very attractive when planted in a naturalized area or by a pond or stream.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Astilbe chinensis 'Purple Candles' ('Purpurkerze')
Common Name: Astilbe-Chinese
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Platycodon grandiflorus 'Fuji White'
Common Name: Balloon Flower
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'
Common Name: Coreopsis-Threadleaf
4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.