Cobweb Spiderwort

Tradescantia sillamontana

White Velvet, Hairy Wandering Dude, hairy Wandering Jew, Gossamer Plant

profile iconTradescantia sillamontana, jardín botánico de Tallinn, Estonia, 2012-08-13, DD 01
by Diego Delso (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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profile iconTradescantia sillamontana, jardín botánico de Tallinn, Estonia, 2012-08-13, DD 01
by Diego Delso (CC BY-SA 3.0)
1 of 8
Tradescantia sillamontana is an attractive evergreen perennial in the spiderwort family, Commelinaceae. Commonly known by the names Cobweb Spiderwort and White Velvet, it has an upright habit and produces oval-shaped, grey-green, succulent leaves which are covered densely in soft, white, cobwebby and woolly hairs. The leaves measure up to 5cm long and are arranged in two opposite ranks. Pretty little 3-petalled pink-purple flowers appear in the summer at the tips of stems, between the leaves. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. This plant grows best in sandy, gritty, well-draining soil, plant in a position of full sun for optimal growth. Care should be taken with exposure to full sunlight as the leaves can burn, its recommended to acclimatise plants gently to increasing light levels.

Planning

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Layering

Wherever the shoots touch soil, it roots and spreads!

Seed

Cover seeds with potting soil/organic matter. Sow in Spring or towards the end of Autumn.

Division

Remove stems with roots and replant to new areas.

Cuttings

Take cuttings in the spring in cooler areas/Autumn in warmer areas. Stem cuttings root quickly when placed in a smaller pot with moist potting soil in a warm, bright area.

Special features

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Ground cover

May be considered a ground-covering plant in appropriate climates with warm enough temperatures.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Mexico.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Sand, Loam, Chalk, Compost

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Commelinaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple

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