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PlantFiles: Spiderwort, Virginia Spiderwort, Lady's Tears
Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Bilberry Ice'

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: Bilberry Ice

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)

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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Bellisgirl On Feb 9, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Ive had this particular cultivar for about four years. It has not thrived. It looked very healthy when I bought it; but soon after planting it seemed to have become infected with something; its leaves turned coppery and there were only a few flowers. Im not sure if it was just this particular plant was unhealthy, or if this cultivar is not as hardy as others. I will say that the flowers are very pritty though. Ive had much more success with my other Tradescantia.

Positive LucyGoose On Sep 27, 2006, LucyGoose from Schererville, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love this plant!! I received it from a dear friend, and she told me how it is not like the other spider warts.......that I would love it.......and she is is a well behaved plant, has not re-seeded or spread and it's a little bloom is blooming right now in my zone 5. (End of September) It forms a beautiful mound with lots of flowers in the morning.....they seem to close in the afternoon. I highly recommend it. Very nice!

Positive henryr10 On May 30, 2005, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Like all of the Spiderwort's this is an easy grower.
A modest spreader and well behaved.
The pale blue/lavender and white blooms
really light up a partial shade garden.

Mine are slightly taller than the stated height here.
I'd say 15-18" .


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

Cordele, Georgia
Lula, Georgia
Moline, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Owosso, Michigan
Stephenson, Michigan
Hopkins, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mathiston, Mississippi
Olive Branch, Mississippi
Sandown, New Hampshire
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Averill Park, New York
Buffalo, New York
Elba, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Havertown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Roanoke, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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