Tradescantia Leonora

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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 have an enchanting bright yellow dot of pollen 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.

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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

Special Features

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Deer Resistant
  • Long-Blooming

Planting Sites

  • 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.