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As welcome as the flowers, shiny emerald leaves emerge in spring with pink markings that mature to white at the base of each leaf. The variegated foliage gives the appearance of a bloom even before it flowers. Three-petaled white flowers blushed with pink are then nestled throughout the colorful foliage in summer.
Variegation lasts longest in part shade and/or cool nights. One customer on Puget Sound states the pink tones last all summer for them there! Foliage will mature to green or green with a white splash in full sun or warmer temps, but then the flowers take over!
Tradescantia are easily grown in soils that are moist to boggy. Can be sheared to the ground in midsummer. New foliage will return and possibly rebloom in Fall. Each flower stalk has many flower buds. When flower stems are cut, a secretion is released that is threadlike and silky much like a spider web; hence, the common name, Spiderwort
Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho
at this time.
Foliage will retain best variegation in part shade locations. Prefers moist to wet, fertile soil. Can be divided every 2 - 3 years in spring or fall. Cutting plants back by half in May will produce more compact plants, if desired. Remove spent blossoms through blooming season to increase repeat blooms. Flower buds close up by late afternoon. If foliage declines in summer heat, cut back almost to ground to promote new foliage and 2nd bloom late summer to fall. If not cut back in summer, cut back after killing frost.
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