This showy and interesting spiderwort blooms very early and is short, compact, and shade tolerant. It usually becomes dormant with the summer heat and comes back with cooler weather.
Bears very wide leaves (2-2.5") and pink-purple flowers from early to late spring/early summer. The flowers open in the morning, usually for about half a day. Forms neat, dense clumps and doesn't seed aggressively. Tolerates black walnuts.
Great addition to a half shade or shade flower bed, shady parts of a rock garden, woodland gardens, and for naturalizing along woodland edges. In beds it must be combined or surrounded with plants that will fill up the area when T. ernestiana goes dormant.
Blooming Time: end of March through April, in cooler areas until early May
Size: 8-12" tall x 10-16" wide
USDA Zones: 5 to 8
Culture: half/dappled shade to full shade; average to loamy soil with some organic matter or organic mulch
Moisture Needs: average to medium-moist to slightly wet (moist and drained)
Origin: native to AL, AR, MO, MS and OK (USDA distribution map) where it grows in calcareous soils in mesic upland forests, woodland edges, ravines, on bluffs, and along streambanks
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: no / no
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: no / yes, attracts native bees
Attracts Hummingbirds: no
Pot Size: square 3.5" x 5" deep pot
Plant Combinations: good pairings are Brunnera, Epimedium, Heuchera, Lamium, Phlox divaricata, Polygonatum, Persicaria, Stylophorum, Tiarella and, from grasses, Carex. Great Hosta companion (blooms before Hosta emerges).
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