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Sunshine Charm Spiderwort*

Tradescantia 'Sunshine Charm'

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Sunshine Charm Spiderwort (Tradescantia 'Sunshine Charm') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Sunshine Charm Spiderwort foliage

Sunshine Charm Spiderwort foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sunshine Charm Spiderwort (Tradescantia 'Sunshine Charm') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Sunshine Charm Spiderwort flowers

Sunshine Charm Spiderwort flowers

(Photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Widow's Tears


Add a little sunshine to your garden with this amazing variety; gold to lime green foliage creeates a lovely foil for the airy violet flowers; a vigorous grower that is very long blooming and low maintenance; likes morning to full sun

Ornamental Features

Sunshine Charm Spiderwort has masses of beautiful clusters of violet flowers at the ends of the stems from early to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive grassy leaves remain gold in color with pointy lime green spines throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sunshine 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.

Sunshine Charm Spiderwort is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Sunshine Charm Spiderwort will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 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 performs well in both full sun and full 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.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

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

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