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PlantFiles: Brown Spiderwort
Siderasis fuscata

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Siderasis (sy-DEE-ra-sis) (Info)
Species: fuscata (FUS-kah-tuh) (Info)

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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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive akcrafter On Dec 11, 2008, akcrafter from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

I found one lonely spiderwort in a nursery in Anchorage, Alaska about twenty years ago. It thrived no matter where I put it as long as it was inside the house. Occasionally it would put out a single blue flower or some new growth, but mostly it just sat there alive and doing its own thing. I moved myself and it to Philadelphia PA where it sits happily in the indirect light of an eastern facing bathroom window. It clearly likes the humidity, although it seems to prefer fairly dry feet.. This is an undemanding plant with a strong will to live, but I've found it slow-growing. After twenty years it is still modest in size.

Positive Rustydog75 On May 21, 2008, Rustydog75 from Jackson, MS wrote:

I've had a specimen of this plant for over 15 years, and let me tell you, it's tougher than it looks. It will endure considerable neglect if you fulfill its minimal requirements for light and water, but it responds well to just a little added care. Provide with the brightest shade possible and it does love rain. The foliage is the main attraction for this plant, though the beautiful little blossoms are, in their own way, really sort of spectacular.


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

Anchorage, Alaska
Los Angeles, California
Bartow, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Danielsville, Georgia
Antioch, Illinois
Manhattan, Kansas
Jackson, Mississippi
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Monterey, Tennessee

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