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'Sweet Kate' Spiderwort.
Do you prefer foliage or the flower?

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It only seems to live for a few years with me here in the UK, you are very lucky if it both lives and set seeds.

Fernapple Level 7 Nov 21, 2018

I can't know for certain if Sweet Kate seeds, but the ordinary green one does. It made its way to our front yard in the river stone by the curb.
The ordinary green one dies after a while for us too. Big patches one year, dead the next. Sweet Kate is at least 10 years old. It needs full sun to have bright yellow foliage.


Beautiful shade of blue violet. Spiderworts volunteered in my yard here in Texas. I moved a couple into the garden. It's a plant I probably wouldn't have selected until I had one and have enjoyed them.

RussRAB Level 6 Nov 20, 2018

The common variety has green foliage and will seed everywhere. Maybe Sweet Kate seeds everywhere and reverts back to green foliage. It's hard to tell. I find spiderwort growing in a few different places from seed in the garden.
Once established the spiderwort is hard to remove and will grow back with a tiny piece of root.

@flower_nut Your description is consistent with my experience although I haven't made an effort to remove the volunteers from my yard - they just get mowed short with the grass.

The seeds seem to grow between the rocks I have around the gardens. If you pull them out they come back. The roots are thin and grow back with any pieces left in the ground. These are difficult to get rid of without a lot of work. I agree, mow all the suckers down.


Very nice! I like the flowers.

MojoDave Level 9 Nov 20, 2018

The overall consensus is in your favour when beauty is on your side.
The flower is winning. Thanks!


I've always loved the foliage but especially the flowers of the spiderwort. The colors are so beautiful. And, I like the common name of Widow's Tears.

Alvinsmama Level 8 Nov 20, 2018

@Alvinsmama That's a name I'm not familiar with and agree. Thanks!

@flower_nut They are called Widow's Tears because apparently, the flowers only last a day and disintegrate into a watery substance. I no longer have any. I kept some in a pot but last winter's low temperatures must have killed the roots.

The flowers seem to last a couple days and wither away. I could be wrong but it seems they open and close and open again then wither away. It's hard to tell with all the buds. Either way the widow tears away.


My spiderworts are varigated and bloom in the summer . It is winter here now. Thankls for posting thosebeautiful blues!

Spinliesel Level 8 Nov 20, 2018

Thank you. I'd like to see the flower of a variegated spiderwort. Could you share a photo whenever possible?

@flower_nut I promise to take some pictures next year. Don't have any from this year, sorry.

Not to worry! I always look forward to a new season. This coming season I can share with all of you.


I like both.

HippieChick58 Level 9 Nov 20, 2018

The foliage fades is beaten by the weather and the wind sweeps it against a rock. It looks its best in the first photo. The flowers open and close each day. It's a top ten perennial me.


I love the flower and grow it.

AmiSue Level 8 Nov 20, 2018

The flower has tiny hair that really looks cool with little dots of yellow.


That flower is stunning!

Heidi68 Level 8 Nov 20, 2018

In the correct light, it makes a great photo.
Of course, I think all flower photos are great. I have thousands and if I repeat photos it's because I really like it.

@flower_nut you never see too many flowers or flower photos - imo.

@Heidi68 You're so right!

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