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White Gossamer Plant Tradescantia sillamontana

Previously known as:

  • Tradescantia pexata
Phonetic Spelling
trad-es-KAN-tee-uh see-yuh-MON-tah-nuh
Description

Cobweb Spiderwort is a low growing perennial groundcover plant that is native to dry regions in Mexico.  This easy to grow plant prefers partial shade but will tolerate full sun with good soil moisture.  It prefers well-drained acidic loamy soils.  Pinching the tips back will promote a more bushy habit.  They work wonderfully in containers but be sure to water regularly.  After flowering cutting back the plants will promote a second bloom.

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Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#container plant#easy to grow#silver leaves#mass planting#hairy leaves#gray-green leaves#evergreen groundcover#border front#hairy stems
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#container plant#easy to grow#silver leaves#mass planting#hairy leaves#gray-green leaves#evergreen groundcover#border front#hairy stems
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tradescantia
    Species:
    sillamontana
    Family:
    Commelinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
  • 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 pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Description:
    Magenta three-petaled flowers appear in summer in terminal leaf axils.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Velvety
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Gray-green to olive-colored sometimes with a blush of purple covered with dense cobweb-type hairs making it appear almost silvery in the sunlight. The base of the leaf clasps the stem.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Zig Zags
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Succulent thick hairy stems can zig zag
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting