Tradescantia ohiensis

Common name: Ohio Spiderwort

Native plant

Ohio Spiderwort is a very common plant throughout Illinois.  It can grow in nearly all conditions, but prefers drier soils and full sun.  Its flowers are a striking, deep violet, and they bloom late spring to early summer for 1-2 months.  Because each plant rarely has more than one flower in bloom at a time, this plant has its best displays when planted in groups.  Flowering stalks tend to flop over after blooming.  Cutting stems back can encourage fall blooms under the right conditions.


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Pricing information for
Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic, Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom period



Lightly compacted soils, Harsh exposure tolerant, New construction, Road-side/salt tolerant, Floodplain

Growth form


General information

Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
3 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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