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Western Spiderwort Seeds

Tradescantia occidentalis

  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow in late fall, planting just below the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 4 months before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination.

Growing: Water seedlings occasionally until they become established. Control weeds, since this plant does not like competition. Mature plants tolerate drought and poor soil, in addition to growing well in shallow, rocky soil and sand. This plant may self-seed and spread slowly by rhizomes, and attracts bees. Mature plants can be divided.

Harvesting: These blossoms do not perform well as cut flowers, and are best enjoyed outdoors.

Seed Saving: After the flowers fade, the rounded seed pods will begin to form. Since they soon split open and drop their seed, gather the pods as soon as they begin to turn from green to yellow; the mature seeds will be a gray color. Spread the pods out to dry away from direct sunlight. Crush the dried pods slightly to release the seed, then separate the seed from the plant material. Store the cleaned seed in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Western Spiderwort

Latin Name: Tradescantia occidentalis

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

US Regions: Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 9,900

Stratification: Stratify 16 Weeks

Germination Ease: Stratify 16 Weeks

Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Cut Flowers

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Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~200 Seeds) $2.50 -+
1/16 Oz Mylar (1.77g) $8.00 -+
1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $22.40 -+
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $64.00 Sold Out
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $256.00 Sold Out
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $960.00 Sold Out
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At one time, traditional healers would use this plant as a remedy for spider bites; they believed that the plant’s slight resemblance to a cowering spider would make it effective for this purpose. A “wort” was a general term for any type of plant used for medicinal purposes. The common name also comes from the plant stems’ unusual secretion of mucus, which has a spiderweb-like stickiness. The genus name “Tradescantia” honors John Tradescant, a 17th century royal gardener for the court of King Charles I.


HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow in late fall, planting just below the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 4 months before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination.

Growing: Water seedlings occasionally until they become established. Control weeds, since this plant does not like competition. Mature plants tolerate drought and poor soil, in addition to growing well in shallow, rocky soil and sand. This plant may self-seed and spread slowly by rhizomes, and attracts bees. Mature plants can be divided.

Harvesting: These blossoms do not perform well as cut flowers, and are best enjoyed outdoors.

Seed Saving: After the flowers fade, the rounded seed pods will begin to form. Since they soon split open and drop their seed, gather the pods as soon as they begin to turn from green to yellow; the mature seeds will be a gray color. Spread the pods out to dry away from direct sunlight. Crush the dried pods slightly to release the seed, then separate the seed from the plant material. Store the cleaned seed in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Western Spiderwort

Latin Name: Tradescantia occidentalis

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

US Regions: Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 9,900

Stratification: Stratify 16 Weeks

Germination Ease: Stratify 16 Weeks

Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Cut Flowers

Reviews