Known also as the Spider Lily, Cradle Lily, Oyster Plant and Flowering Inch Plant, the Spiderwort plant is a lovely specimen for any partially shady spot in your garden.  It’s tidy and clumping grassy foliage and jewel tones flowers love those wetter, darker areas of your garden.

All parts of the Spiderwort plant are edible with the seeds being roasted, the leaves added to leafy greens or steeped into tea and the flowers garnishing soups and salads. This perennial should be divided every 3 years in the Spring to renew it’s vigor and create new plants to be enjoyed in other areas of your landscape.


Tradescantia sp.


  • Light Exposure: Sun-partial shade
  • Soil Type: Moist to wet
  • Height: 18-24″
  • Width: 3-36″
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring to early Summer
  • Bloom Colour: Purple, pink, white
  • Foliage Colour: Green, grass-like
  • Pests and Disease: Gray mold, caterpillars
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders, groundcover
  • Special Features: Attractive foliage, Winter interest, drought tolerant
  • Zone: 4-11

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