// --> , http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/oh_spiderwortx.htm. Wildflower of the Year 2008 Virginia Spiderwort Tradescantia virginiana Spiderwort is an herbaceous perennial that arises from a cluster of rather stout overwintering roots. Gardeners can cut back the stems to around 8 to 12-inches, and divide the plants every three years. photography on this site is © 2005 - 2007 by Kevin Klein. White the leaves wrap around the stem in sheaths, than at the tip. if(MSFPhover) { MSFPnav25n=MSFPpreload("_derived/woodland_phlox.htm_cmp_network010_hbtn.gif"); MSFPnav25h=MSFPpreload("_derived/woodland_phlox.htm_cmp_network010_hbtn_a.gif"); } common plant throughout Illinois, except in the SE, where it is uncommon or Spiderworts can be grown from purchased plants or propagated through division, cuttings or seed. if(MSFPhover) { MSFPnav6n=MSFPpreload("_derived/chickory.htm_cmp_network010_hbtn.gif"); MSFPnav6h=MSFPpreload("_derived/chickory.htm_cmp_network010_hbtn_a.gif"); } The root system is fleshy and fibrous, Additionally, it can become pretty weedy looking after flowering but may be cut back at that time. Learn more about spiderwort plants in this article. This except toward the apex. across. Virginia Spiderwort as one of the parents can escape from cultivation; Sometimes the middle. // -->