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Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Concord Grape'

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tradescantia (trad-es-KAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: x andersoniana (an-der-soh-nee-AH-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Concord Grape

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18 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous On Apr 16, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

An aggressive, high-maintenance perennial grown for its long season of bloom.

Individual flowers last only a day, and while flowering goes on over a long season, the accumulating black deadheads make the inflorescence look ugly within a week. It isn't practical to deadhead each flower individually---you need to cut the stem to the ground. The plant will respond well to cutting back with more stems and often more flowers.

The habit is leggy and sprawling. Plants need cutting back frequently.

This is a tough weedy plant that can spread aggressively by self-sowing. Resistant to glyphosate, and very difficult to dig out completely, as plants can regenerate from small bits of root.

To keep it looking acceptable, this plant requires more work than it's worth, in my opinion. This plant has been heavily promoted far beyond its garden value. It looks like the pictures only briefly, and looks a mess for most of the season. There are too many better garden plants to bother with this one.

Most cultivars are Tradescantia x andersonia, a group of complex hybrids developed from T. virginiana, T. ohioensis, and T. subaspera.

Positive OhioBreezy On Jun 2, 2004, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Bought this 11 years ago as a 3-1/2 inch pot, now I have shared this many times over by dividing the plants and still have a section of garden that is 4 feet by 15 feet that it totally fills! If you dont' want it to spread, mulch heavily! It drops seed and will take over if you dont' watch it. I personally love the color and the fact that I can easily chop this plant off after flowering only to have it sprout back up and bloom again each season.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oakman, Alabama
Pine Level, Alabama
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Lewes, Delaware
Inverness, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Barnesville, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Macomb, Illinois
Burlington, Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Sioux Center, Iowa
Leesville, Louisiana
Columbia, Maryland
Hingham, Massachusetts
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Escanaba, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Stephenson, Michigan
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Bordentown, New Jersey
Jersey City, New Jersey
Trenton, New Jersey
Buffalo, New York
Nineveh, New York
Rocky Point, New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Dundee, Ohio
Middletown, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Tionesta, Pennsylvania
Fort Mill, South Carolina
Kalama, Washington

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