Tradescantia x andersoniana ‘Little Doll’

('Little Doll', Spiderwort)


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

This spiderwort garden hybrid is a compact, clump-forming perennial which typically grows to only 10" tall. Light blue, three-petaled flowers (to 1.5" diameter) accented by contrasting yellow stamens are borne in terminal clusters (umbels) atop stiff stems. Numerous buds form in each cluster, but individual flowers open up only a few at a time, each for only one day, blooming in succession from late May into August. Arching, iris-like, dark green leaves are folded lengthwise forming a groove. Foliage retains form throughout growing season better than most other tradescantias. When the stems of spiderworts are cut, a viscous stem secretion is released which becomes threadlike and silky upon hardening (like a spider’s web), hence the common name.

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Grow in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, humusy soils. Tolerant of boggy soils. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded. Foliage declines after flowering and should be cut back almost to the ground to encourage new growth and a possible fall bloom.

Additional information

Common Name

'Little Doll', Spiderwort

Botanical Name

Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Little Doll'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


to 1 ft.


to 1 ft.

Soil Condition

Wet Soils

Water Needs


Blooming Period

April- June

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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