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    Amethyst Kiss Spiderwort Add a kiss of blue to your beds, borders, and containers. Amethyst Kiss is a brand-new spiderwort that features larger flowers in larger clusters -- with bluer flowers -- than other varieties. Amethyst Kiss blooms from May through fall. During the heat of summer, its bright blue flowers may close up in early afternoon. Amethyst Kiss Tradescantia 'Radtrad' Growing Conditions: Full sun to light shade. Repinned by www.sailorstales.wordpress.com

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