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Tradescantia 'Purple Profusion' is often confused with:
Tradescantia ohiensis Tradescantia ohiensis
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Allium hollandicum Allium Hollandicum
Allium Alllium
Ocimum basilicum Ocimum basilicum

Spiderwort Tradescantia 'Purple Profusion'

Phonetic Spelling
trad-es-KAN-tee-uh
Description

Spiderwort gets its name from the thick, sticky secretion that is present when a stem is cut.  This substance becomes thread-like and silky when it hardens, appearing similar to a spider web.  

It is typically in bloom from May to August.  Once all the flowers on a cluster have bloomed, deadheading each cluster may extend the bloom period.  Flowering will slow down or stop in the mid-summer heat.  The foliage will also decline as temperatures increase.  At that point, cut the plant down almost to the ground.  This will promote new growth to the foliage and may give you a late summer to fall bloom.

'Purple Profusion' is a clump-forming spiderwort known for its deep purple flowers with contrasting yellow stamens. Its young foliage is purple-tinged.  It has clusters sitting atop stiff stems with numerous flower buds on each cluster.  Flowers open a few at a time, lasting for one day.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Snails and caterpillars may damage young shoots.  The mid-summer decline in flowers and foliage makes the plant unattractive.

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Tags:
#purple#perennial#purple flowers#herbaceous#herbaceous perennial#wet soils tolerant
 
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#purple#perennial#purple flowers#herbaceous#herbaceous perennial#wet soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tradescantia
    Species:
    (Andersoniana Group)
    Family:
    Commelinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Description:
    Small purple flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Pond
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups