• Tradescantia ohiensis - Ohio Spiderwort


    "Tradescantia ohiensis is a clump-forming spiderwort with purple to rose-blue, 3-petaled flowers. It can be found growing in meadows, along roads and woodland margins. 

    "Each flower blooms for a single day, typically opening in the morning. Its grass-like leaves are long with a lengthwise fold or groove. It can be grown in shade, however, the blooms will not be as profuse as when placed in full sun.  Will also grow in a variety of soils, but will be at its best when located in moist, sandy soil.  

    "Cutting back in mid-summer to a height of 6-12" may lead to a fall bloom, and will also encourage growth."  (North Carolina Extension)

    Tradescantia Ohiensis Botany  by Dr. John Hilty

    Dayflower family (Commelinaceae)


    "The preference is full or partial sun, and moist to slightly dry conditions. The soil can contain loam, clay, gravel, or sand – this plant is very adaptable. Sometimes the leaves develop brown blotches or turn yellow in response to harsh weather conditions, competition from other plants, or age." (Hilty)

    Faunal Associations:

    "The most important pollinators of the flowers are long-tongued bees, especially bumblebees. Other visitors include Halictine bees and Syrphid flies. However, the Syrphid flies feed on stray pollen and are non-pollinating. Spiderwort is rarely bothered by insects, although Lema collaris (Leaf Beetle sp.) reportedly feeds on the foliage. Mammalian herbivores also eat the plant, including the White-Tailed Deer, Cottontail Rabbit, Box Turtles, and livestock. The foliage is non-toxic to these animals." (Hilty)


    1. "Tradescantia ohiensi" By KENPEI - KENPEI's photo, CC BY-SA 3.0, 
    2. "Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)" By Andrew C - Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), CC BY 2.0, 

    Botanical image (close-up of flower): "Tradescantia ohiensis COMMON SPIDERWORT" by gmayfield10 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

    Cultivation image: "Tradescantia ohiensis COMMON SPIDERWORT" by gmayfield10 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

    North Carolina Extension plant description: Tradescantia Ohiensis (Blue Jacket, Ohio Spiderwort, Smooth Spiderwort) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox. https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/tradescantia-ohiensis/. Accessed 3 Feb. 2022.

    Information and images compiled by Erik N. Vegeto

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