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Tradescantia 'Blue Denim'

 Tradescantia 'Blue Denim' (Spiderwort)
Tradescantia 'Blue Denim'
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Common Name: “Spiderwort”

(Spiderwort) Tradescantia 'Blue Denim' is 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. The 'Blue Denim' variety of Tradescantia has a nice clumping habit that usually does not need to be staked.

Flower Color: Blue
Height: 2-3 Feet     Spread: 1-2 Feet
Hardiness Zone: 3-9  
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Spiderwort Growing 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.

'Blue Denim' Characteristics & Attributes

Sun Exposure
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
Soil Moisture Needs
  • Moist
  • Moderate
  • Native
Nature Attraction
  • Butterfly
Season of Interest (Flowering)
  • Late Spring or Early Summer
  • Summer
Design Use
  • Massing
  • Border
  • Container

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