Tradescantia Leonora

Spiderwort

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Color for Difficult Wet Locations
Clusters of bold purple blooms nestle within dense spreading clumps of narrow strap-like foliage. The stamens are the same pleasing purple and are topped with an enchanting bright yellow anther on each that appears to magically float above the flower. Tradescantia Leonora is an excellent perennial for providing some color in difficult wet locations or in naturalized plantings. Stunning when paired with Daylilies. Each flower stalk has numerous buds in each cluster that open a few at a time for extended blooming.

Code TRLN

Patent

Plant Type Perennials

Species x andersoniana

Height Short 15"

Spacing Plant 20" apart

Bloom Time Late Spring to Late Summer

Sun / Shade Full Sun to Mostly Sunny

Zones 4-10

Soil Type Normal, Clay

Water Needs Medium

Sold In Plantable Pots (3.5x3.5x4")

Special Features

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Deer Resistant
  • Long-Blooming
  • Wet Site Tolerant

Tradescantia General Information

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.

Tradescantia Plant Care

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.

Plantable Pots

Our plants are grown in 3.5x3.5x4” plantable pots. Made from 100% biodegradable coconut husk fibers (coir), these pots have tremendous advantages over plastic pots. With better air exchange, this "breathable" pot fosters robust root growth and reduces transplant shock since you can plant the pots directly in the ground. The pot naturally becomes part of the soil on its own over time—no composting required—and since they're made from a renewable resource that requires very little energy, they're earth-friendly too!

100% Guarantee

We offer a 100% unconditional guarantee for all our perennials to reach you in good condition and to grow. If you're not satisfied, we'll reship or refund immediately. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns—we share your passion for gardening and want your new plants to thrive in your border!

Shipping Details

We use custom, earth-friendly packaging to make sure your order arrives in great condition, and we ship based on the best planting time for your growing zone (see the approximate dates below), unless otherwise indicated at checkout. If you wish, you can indicate a specific ship date during checkout.

Spring

  • Zone 3, 4: Early to Mid May
  • Zone 5: Late April to Early May
  • Zone 6: Mid to Late April
  • Zone 7: Early to Mid April
  • Zone 8: Late March to Early April
  • Zone 9, 10: Late March

Fall

  • Zone 2, 3, 4: Early September
  • Zone 5: Early to Mid September
  • Zone 6: Mid September
  • Zone 7: Mid to Late September
  • Zone 8, 9, 10: Late September to Early October