Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Ohio Spiderwort

Tradescantia ohiensis
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Savanna / Woodland, Prairie
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)
Main Color: Blue
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone: 4
Hardy To Zone: 9

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

24 to
30
inches

Spread:

18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
30
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Size
Height: 24 to
30
inches
Spread: 18 to
24
inches
Typical Landscape Use
A long-blooming perennial for the back of the border, naturalized area, meadow or lighlty shaded woodland garden.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Bloom may be less profuse in shade. Cut back to 6-12" in mid-summer to encourage fresh growth and repeat bloom.
Special Features
Special Usage
Edible
Basic Description

Clusters of blue, one-inch flowers from late May to early July. Dark, blue-green, arching, grasslike leaves grow in clumps. Leaves and stems are edible fresh or cooked.

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