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Callisia rosea 'Morning Grace' (Piedmont roseling)

Callisia rosea 'Morning Grace'

Piedmont roseling or spiderwort

(syn. Tradescantia rosea)

Low growing, thin leaved
Light violet-pink flowers from June through September
Spiderwort family, Commelinaceae

This beautiful cultivar comes to us from Michael Jenkins. 'Morning Grace' has a dainty garden stature reaching just under a foot in height. Thin, strappy foliage remains a clean, medium green throughout the growing season. Triangular, light pink flowers and attractive gold stamens rest just above the foliage during its very long bloom period. Flowers are very attractive to pollinating insects. An excellent companion for Carex pensylvanica.

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Height

8-10 Inches

Spread

4-6 Inches

Bloom Color

Rose Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 6(5)-10

Piedmont roseling Interesting Notes

I am not sure why I feel compelled to make excuses for some of the plants I describe, especially those with vaguely unsettling names that I worry might rebuff rather than entice you. I suppose I want you to love them as I do - all their idiosyncracies included - with an eye unbiased by name or reputation. Spiderwort is one of those words that wriggles and resonates from the depths of the unconscious with hints of dark basements and foul witches' brew. However, in reality, nothing about these dayflowers suggests anything sinister, and my best guess is that the name referrs to the delicate weblike filaments that decorate the anthers of each 3-petalled flower like a feather boa in miniature. The lightly fragrant flowers pop out one or two at a time from the folds of a leaflike bract. They open broad and flat in the heat of the day, then wither and curl under to be replaced the next morning by a new batch of blooms. The foliage of spiderworts looks very similar to a daylily's, especially when it is first emerging. (I remember confusing the two on tests in my perennial class in college.) The basal fans elongate in flowering to become leafy stems with alternate foliage arranged like sweet corn and blossoms appearing out of the topmost bract leaves. - Bill Cullina

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Average
Average
Moist
Moist

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Fall
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Native to North America