Widow's Tears Collection
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Fresh Blooms Daily for Months!
Handsome and Historic — Don't let the name Widow's Tears
fool you. These flowers have
been bringing joy to gardeners for
centuries. In fact, you may know
them by a completely different name.
Formally identified as Tradescantia,
Widow's Tears are also referred to
as spiderwort, dayflower and trinity
Brought from North America to
Europe in the 1600s, Tradescantia
was named after British father-andson
plant explorers and collectors,
both named John Tradescant. The
indigenous people used Tradescantia
plants for food and to treat a variety
of ailments. But like many other
plants native to the New World,
this herbaceous perennial was soon
prized as an ornamental flower in
Old World gardens.
Whatever name you call it, this
prolific bloomer has earned its place
Native beauties that keep on blooming!
With uniquely shaped, jewel-tone flowers
on bushy, upright plants, it's no wonder
Widow's Tears is such a beloved summer
bloomer. But the best thing about this North
American native is its extra-long flowering
season. Starting in early summer, fresh blooms
open and close daily, keeping new blooms
(and butterflies) coming for up to eight weeks.
In the high heat of summer, plants take a
hiatus—then another round of blooms may
follow from late summer to frost!
We've chosen five top-rated varieties for our
new Widow's Tears Collection. Varying in
colour and plant height, each produces an
abundance of triangular, 3-petaled blooms
measuring 4–5 cm across. When planting
your collection, choose a spot that gets full
sun or partial shade.
This collection includes one each of the following varieties:
Zwanenburg Blue: Deep purple-blue
flowers. Grows 45–60 cm tall. Tradescantia
Little Doll: Rich lavender-pink
blooms. Grows 25–30 cm tall. Tradescantia
Temptation: Cream flowers with a
delicate pink blush and plum centres.
Grows 45–60 cm tall. Tradescantia
Bilberry Ice: Glacier-blue flowers
with darker lavender-blue highlights
and filaments. Grows 45–60 cm tall.
Concord Grape: Deep reddish-purple
flowers. Grows 40–45cm tall. Tradescantia
Bloom Time: Early Summer and another round from Late Summer to Frost