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Widow's Tears

Widow's Tears

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This carefree perennial is one you'll definitely want in your landscape. Its velvety blossoms continue all summer and even into fall, blanketing borders, light shady areas or woodland gardens.

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Light: Shade, Partial Shade, Full Sun
Height: 18 - 24 inches
Deer Resistant
Bloom Time: Late spring, summer, early fall.
Spread: 18 - 24"
Zones: 3-9

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Widow's Tears Product Details

Botanical Name: Tradescantia virginiana
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Sun Exposure: Shade, Partial Shade, Full Sun
Height/Habit: 18 - 24 inches
Spread: 18 - 24"
Spacing: 18 - 24"
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Foliage Type: Dense clumps of erect, rather fleshy stems with linear to lanceolate parallel-veined leaves to 1' long in leaflike bracts.
Flower Form: 3 equal obovate petals.
Flower Color: Mixed
Flowering Date: Late spring, summer, early fall.
Planting Requirements: Do not plant in the foreground. Requires some shading in hot, dry climates.
Soil Requirements: Thrives in poor soil. Requires minimal watering or feeding.
Growth Rate: Vigorous - can be cut back severely for new growth and heavier blooms.
Unique Characteristics: Outstanding mix of white, blue, purple, pink and violet 3 petaled flowers in clusters atop sword-shaped leaves. Plants require very little attention and bloom continuously all summer long and into fall.
Pruning: Cut to ground in late fall or early spring. Late fall or early spring
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Blue beauty Review by chris oslund - South Range, MI
Posted on 2014-07-20 08:03:01

Lovely, reliable bloomers that do outstanding in shady spots where their splash of color is welcome. Only reason for 4 is that the picture shows multi-color and after first bloom they have returned as all blue.

Widows Tears Review by Clare Kelley - Salem, OR
Posted on 2014-04-08 19:42:01

I purchased 3 Widows Tears last year and they bloomed into fall. They are very unusual and I received many compliments from my neighbors. Most people had never seen them before and asked what they were. I am so pleased with them that I ordered six more this year.

Widows Tears Review by Bedelia Furneaux - St Clair Shores, MI
Posted on 2013-09-06 08:35:38

I planted these in spring and now fall is close. I am waiting for a bloom! I'm tempted to move them, thinking they aren't in the right spot. We will see! For the Love of Blooms!

10 Stars Review by Jonel - Ashland City, TN
Posted on 2013-08-02 18:09:59

I planted three bulbs last fall. They came up mid spring and are still growing and blooming. Profusely blooming, I should add. I am more than pleased with my Widows' Tears. I have one tiny observation... All three bulbs are blue. I will place another order with ya'll soon.

widows tears Review by linda tepool - evansville, IN
Posted on 2013-07-30 20:22:06

beautiful, just as described in your catalog and easy to grow

not chicken proof Review by R. Leone NH
Posted on 2013-07-27 11:26:54

Lovely plant. I enjoy it. However, my chickens enjoy it even more. As soon as it flowers they come over and eat every one. They don't touch the leaves. I find it amusing, but others may not.

Excellent Review by Karen Reilly - New Hyde Park, NY
Posted on 2013-07-10 08:30:28

I planted these under my Japanese Maple Tree they look absolutely gorgeous. Order more for under my neighbors tree :)

looking good Review by vonzola jenkins - Portsmouth, VA
Posted on 2013-05-26 14:30:59

Beautiful. They are lovely to look at

Widows Tears Review by Gee - Northern Michigan, MI
Posted on 2013-01-08 14:36:33

Very pretty, does well in full shade.

Very Hardy Review by Kim - Cincinnati, OH
Posted on 2012-05-28 23:20:39

This is a hardy plant. Can be accidentally mowed over and grows up again beautifully. All have survived winter and the occasional misstep of lil ones. Love watching the honey bees zip through the blossoms. Only downside is that both groups of '3' had all the same color flowers, no mixture as picture shows.

Widows tears Review by Diana Proctor - Union, Kentucky, KY
Posted on 2012-05-09 01:08:26

These hard to find perennials are commonly called "Blue Bells and/or Spiderwort in Northern Ky." They have been in my grandmothers and mother's gardens for years. They are reminders of my Parent's love for the beauty of flowers. My dad was a landscaper and nurseryman and even tho we didn't have a whole lot we always had the most beautiful yard in the neighborhood! My parents are tending God's Heavenly Garden and they left me the "Legacy" of beautiful plants! Diana Proctor

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Widow's Tears (Tradescantia Virginiana) are also known as Virginia spiderwort. Ignore the melancholy names, because this perennial flowering herbaceous plant is strikingly cheery. With its blue, purple, pink or white three-petaled flowers and contrasting yellow stamens, Tradescantia Virginiana makes a lovely addition to shade gardens, naturalized areas, or native plant gardens. A heavy bloomer, flowering will continue throughout the spring and summer. Flowers only last for one day, but each stalk has a multitude of blossoms, making for a long-lived cut flower. Mid-season foliage die off makes this plant a poor choice for borders, but cutting the foliage back to the ground after the die off will encourage new growth and a possible fall bloom. The clump-forming plant has iris-like long blade-shaped leaves, and thin tubular stems that reach up to 3 feet tall.

Native to North America, the beautiful Tradescantia flower can be spotted growing wild in the woodlands and roadsides of Missouri and Virginia. Native American tribes of the area used widow's tears as both food, eating the young leaves in salads, and as medicine for treating stomach ailments and insect bites. Plant your widow's tears in early spring or late fall in partial shade to full sun. While it prefers moist soil, it will adapt to drier environments. Spread and thin by dividing clumps in the fall.

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