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Regal Charm Spiderwort

Tradescantia 'Regal Charm'

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Regal Charm Spiderwort (Tradescantia 'Regal Charm') at Moana Nursery

Regal Charm Spiderwort foliage

Regal Charm Spiderwort foliage

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Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  16 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Virginia Spiderwort, Lady's Tears

Description:

This variety presents regal purple flowers in summer, that contrast beautifully with the mound of golden foliage; a fine addition to mixed beds, containers or the front of borders

Ornamental Features

Regal Charm Spiderwort has masses of beautiful clusters of violet flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive narrow leaves emerge hot pink in spring, turning gold in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Regal Charm Spiderwort is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Regal Charm Spiderwort is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Regal Charm Spiderwort will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 16 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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