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.
Light: Full sun to full shade
Bloom Time: Summer to early fall
Zones: 3 to 9
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Widow's Tears Product Details
Shade/Partial Shade/Full Sun
18 - 24"
18 - 24"
18 - 24"
3 - 9 (-30 degrees F)
Dense clumps of erect, rather fleshy stems with linear to lanceolate parallel-veined leaves to 1' long in leaflike bracts.
3 equal obovate petals.
A mix of white with blue centers, red-purple, china blue, white and purple violet.
Late spring, summer, early fall.
Do not plant in the foreground. Requires some shading in hot, dry climates.
Thrives in poor soil. Requires minimal watering or feeding.
Vigorous - can be cut back severely for new growth and heavier blooms.
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.
Cut to ground in late fall or early spring.
Widow's Tears Customer Reviews
Widows TearsReview by Gee - Northern Michigan, MI Posted on 2013-01-08 14:36:33
Very pretty, does well in full shade.
Very HardyReview 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 tearsReview 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