Spiderwort, Virginia Spiderwort, Lady's Tears 'Bilberry Ice'

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: Bilberry Ice
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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


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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 right.....it is a well behaved plant, has not re-seeded or spread and it's a little bloom machine.....it 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!


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" .