Commonly called Virginia Spiderwort grows in part shade to full shade, tolerates full sun. It is hardy in all zones. Tradescantia virginiana’s blue to violet-blue, rarely rose or white, flowers appear from from late spring to mid-summer.
The flowers open only in morning, the petals then wilt and turn to a jelly-like fluid. The common name comes from angular leaf arrangement which suggests a squatting spider. It does well in both woodlands and prairies