Spiderwort, Virginia Spiderwort, Lady's Tears 'Concord Grape'

Tradescantia x andersoniana

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



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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 mo... read more


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.