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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Plant Details

Plant type

Forb

Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not to Wet Not to Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, New Construction, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood

Growth form

Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate

Fast

Flower color

Violet

Size

Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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