Tradescantia Species, Edward's Spiderwort, Plateau Spiderwort

Tradescantia edwardsiana

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tradescantia (trad-es-KAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: edwardsiana (ed-wards-ee-AY-na) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Unknown - Tell us


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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early 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)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Carrollton, Texas

Crawford, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 12, 2011, clastic2805 from Carrollton, TX wrote:

This is a rampant and INVASIVE plant. Easy to grow, and is covered with brilliant blue flowers every morning from early Spring through first frosts. Flowers close in the afternoons, but are replaced each morning.

Self seeds freely and will take over open areas quickly in sun or shade.

This soujnds somewhat negative, but the plant is easy to grow, grows in all our soils, needs little care...and I have grown this pretty plant in my gardens for over 30 years. A nice plant!


On Feb 7, 2009, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Plateau spiderwort (Tradescantia edwardsiana) is a native perennial which is endemic to Texas. Usually, it grows in canyons and in rich woods along moist alluvial terraces and ravines along the Balcones Escarpment at the eastern and southern edges of the Edwards Plateau. It also can be found in the Central Mineral Basin (Llano Uplift), ranging north on calcareous substrates almost to Oklahoma. Records verify its existence in the following Texas counties: Bandera, Bell, Bexar, Brown, Caldwell, Collin, Comal, Coryell, Dallas, Fannin, Hays, Kendall, Lamar, Llano, Medina, Palo Pinto, Real, Travis, Uvalde and Val Verde. The leaf blade is longer than the sheath which differientiates Tradescantia edwardsiana from other species of Tradescantia native to Texas. ... read more


On Nov 1, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Plateau Spiderwort, Tradescantia edwardsiana, is Endemic to Texas.