Here's a bit of trivia: Did you know that the stamens in a Spiderwort flower can detect radiation? Low level exposure will turn the blue filament hairs on the stamen pink!
Family: Dayflower (Commelinaceae)
Hardiness: North and Central Florida (Zones 8–9) (occasionally, they will survive in zone 10)
Soil: Prefers moist to wet soils.
Exposure: It does best in partial shade, but can survive in full sun, although it may require additional water.
Growth habit: Plants typically grow to a height of 2-3 feet and form clumps 1-2 feet in width.
Garden tips: To keep plants looking healthy, cut them back in late summer (or when they appear to stop blooming). They will bounce back in fall. Spiderwort spreads easily, but if kept under control, it can be used as a border plant. It is striking in mass when in bloom.
- Stacey Matrazzo