As you can see from previous posts, most of the time I’m loving a plant. Not so much when it comes to spiderwort…
Name: Perennial Tradescantia aka spiderwort Including T. x andersoniana, T. occidentalis, and T. ohiensis
Type of Plant: Perennial plants that are vigorous and native to the US. Narrow, strap-like leaves, and flowers in early summer for about 6 weeks. Most flowers are purple, blue or magenta in color. Some andersoniana varieties have yellow foliage.
Why I Hate This Plant: I dislike the plant because it flops and is ugly immediately after flowering. Sometimes the blooms turn black after they close, so that even as new blooms open, the flowerhead looks bad. In order to make your garden look good from mid-summer on, you have to cut them to the ground, and then try to disguise the area by planting annuals around them.
A Word to the Wise: Some varieties are also overly vigorous and hard to contain. Because it spreads and self-seeds, this is a plant that frequently shows up in plant sales as a “pass along plant.” I’d call it a pass-along-problem.
Often when I post an “I Hate This Plant” I get comments from people who like the plant and try to change my mind. It’s fine if you like it….but having grown several varieties of spiderwort over the years, I stand firm in my opinion of this plant.