Spider Lily 'Osprey'

Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Osprey' | Also known as: Spiderwort 'Osprey' | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

With vividly coloured blossoms, Tradescantia x andersoniana is a hybrid that never fails to catch the eye. A clump-forming perennial, it is commonly known as the Spider Lily or Spiderwort, and boasts bright green foliage comprising long, lance-shaped leaves that arch over each other. But it is its distinctive three-petalled flowers that Spider Lily is loved for, emerging in summer in strong blue, purple, pink or white colours. Thriving in moist and fertile soil, it is no fan of hot weather and may retreat underground until temperatures lower. They prefer the shade and require plenty of watering. Pruning by removing spent clusters will encourage growth.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.5 - 0.7
Spread [m]
  • 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Blue
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • division
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Branching
  • Clump-forming
  • Tufted
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 30 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • None
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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With vividly coloured blossoms, Tradescantia x andersoniana is a hybrid that never fails to catch the eye. A clump-forming perennial, it is commonly known as the Spider Lily or Spiderwort, and boasts bright green foliage comprising long, lance-shaped leaves that arch over each other. But it is its distinctive three-petalled flowers that Spider Lily is loved for, emerging in summer in strong blue, purple, pink or white colours. Thriving in moist and fertile soil, it is no fan of hot weather and may retreat underground until temperatures lower. They prefer the shade and require plenty of watering. Pruning by removing spent clusters will encourage growth.

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