Hardiness: USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Blooms all year
Foliage: Grown for foliage Burgundy Smooth-Textured
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From leaf cuttings From herbaceous stem cuttings By simple layering By air layering By tip layering By serpentine layering By stooling or mound layering
Seed Collecting: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
I planted this plant as a bedding plant in zone 6 northern KY. I didn't cover it with mulch or anything and it survived the winter. I think the rating of zone 8 needs to be reconsidered. I've also heard of other gardeners in KY with the same experience.
On Oct 7, 2012, Southernbell421 from Ocala, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
I really like this plant. Living here in the South we can sometimes get really cold weather and this plant seems not to mind it. It may die back from the cold, but come Spring it starts up again. Ours like the partial shade with only morning sun. We recently created a growing area on the east side of our house and placed alot of the oak leaves on the ground to help keep the ground moist for the plants we are putting in. The first purple queen we planted did very well (getting only morning sun and partial shade) so we added more of these plants and they too are thriving! The soil is mostly sand so if it doesn't rain we water the area at least once a day and the plants just keeps spreading wider and wider.
It adds some really nice color to the area. And you can't really hurt them. If the runners get too long you can just cut it back and don't worry.
On Jul 8, 2009, kitty_mom from Waverly, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:
This is a beautiful, long lived plant. A friend gave this to me well over ten years ago. I have divided this many times- all you have to do is break off a piece (it needs frequent haircuts), stick it in some dirt, keep it moist and voila! It needs little water and can grow in sun or partial shade. Right now, I have three pots of it on the porch in the sun, and the leaves close up when it gets very hot, but open up again. I can't imagine not having some spiderwort around.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Phoenix, Arizona Monticello, Arkansas Searcy, Arkansas Brea, California Le Grand, California Big Pine Key, Florida Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports) Jan Phyl Village, Florida Key Largo, Florida Lake City, Florida Ocala, Florida Sebastian, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Warrington, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida Williston, Florida Kennesaw, Georgia Waverly, Georgia Banner, Illinois Falmouth, Kentucky Old Jefferson, Louisiana Saucier, Mississippi St Thomas, Mississippi West Plains, Missouri Las Vegas, Nevada Lucama, North Carolina Brush Creek, Oklahoma Blue Bell, Pennsylvania Pawleys Island, South Carolina Bear Creek, Texas Corinth, Texas Lufkin, Texas Midlothian, Texas Orange, Texas San Angelo, Texas Tomball, Texas Quilcene, Washington