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Products > Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Blushing Bride'
Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Blushing Bride' - Blushing Bride Spiderwort

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Commelinaceae (Spiderworts)
Origin: South America
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Tradescantia 'Maiden's Blush']
Height: <1 foot
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Tradescantia 'Blushing Bride' - A trailing perennial with a variegated central petiole and leaf which starts as pink and fades to white. The leaves age to all green so cut this plant back often to encourage the new growth. Color is best in winter and spring. Makes a great container plant or groundcover. Perfect choice for a hanging basket. Prefers morning sun to afternoon shade and reaches 4-5 feet across and only 6-8 inches tall. We spotted this jewel at the 2003 San Francisco Garden Show and could not resist it. The hardiness of this plant is not well known but the plant withstood our cold January 2007 temperatures of 25° F without damage and we have been told by a gardener in Davis, CA that her plant was cut to the ground at 17-19° F but came back strong and “way, way faster than purple heart”. The name of the genus honors the English naturalists and plant collectors John Tradescant (ca. 1570s – 1638) or possibly his son John Tradescant the Younger (1608–1662). It was at one time believed that John Tradescant the Younger first brought the Virginia Spriderwort, Tradescantia virginiana, back to England in 1637 but some contend that the timeline suggests it more likely the plant was given to John Tradescant the elder and not collected by either Tradescants and the name for the genus was one proposed by Linnaeus.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Tradescantia 'Blushing Bride'.