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Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort)

Ohio Spiderwort, Blue Jacket


Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort) is a vigorous, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with long, arching, blue-green, grass-like leaves that are folded lengthwise. From late spring to midsummer, the foliage is topped by small clusters of three-petaled, blue (sometimes rose) flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with a bouquet of showy yellow stamens. Blooming in succession for about 6 weeks, each flower lasts only a day but there is such an abundance of flower buds that this plant is rarely out of blooms. The leaves and stems are reported to be edible, fresh or cooked. This charming wildflower provides attractive seasonal color in sunny gardens. In warm regions, Ohio Spiderwort goes dormant during the summer. Pair it with late blooming perennials to fill the gaps.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 18-30 in. wide (45-75 cm). Can self-seed and become somewhat aggressive in optimum growing conditions.
  • Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Best flower production occurs in full sun. Ohio Spiderwort is very adaptable and tolerates loam, clay, gravel, or sand soils.
  • Great for beds and borders, meadows and prairies and naturalized areas.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Cut back to 6-12 in. in mid-summer to promote new growth and a possible fall bloom.
  • Divide clumps when they become overcrowded.
  • Native to eastern and central North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Tradescantia - Spiderworts
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 18" – 30" (45cm – 75cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Tradescantia - Spiderworts
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 18" – 30" (45cm – 75cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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