$3.50 – $8.95
Soil: Mesic(Medium) to Xeric(Dry)
Sun: Full to Part
Flowers: The 1″-2″ flowers have 3 petals, 3 sepals, 6 yellow stamens.
Leaves: The leaves are about 15″ long, linear and folded lengthwise.
This Tradescantia is more erect than the Prairie or Bracted Spiderwort(Tradescantia bracteata). Like the Prairie Spiderwort the blooms are very showy, appear in the morning and close by midday. Individual flowers last only one day. This flower is a nice addition to the wildflower garden!
Food Uses: The young leaves and stems can be eaten in salad, or cooked. The flowers can be eaten like candy. Carefully wet and dry the flowers, brush with beaten egg white, sprinkle with sugar, and let dry.
Name: Named for John Tradescant – Royal gardener for King Charles I.
Other Names: Job’s Tears, Widow Tears, Blue Jacket