• Tradescantia ohiensis

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    "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)




    Cultivation:

    "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)



    Covers:

    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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