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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 flower.

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 in history.

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 andersoniana

Little Doll: Rich lavender-pink blooms. Grows 25–30 cm tall. Tradescantia virginiana

Temptation: Cream flowers with a delicate pink blush and plum centres. Grows 45–60 cm tall. Tradescantia andersoniana

Bilberry Ice: Glacier-blue flowers with darker lavender-blue highlights and filaments. Grows 45–60 cm tall. Tradescantia andersoniana

Concord Grape: Deep reddish-purple flowers. Grows 40–45cm tall. Tradescantia andersoniana

Product Information:

Light: Sun to Part shade
Bloom Time: Early Summer and another round from Late Summer to Frost
Zones: 4 to 9
Height: 25-60 cm
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