Tradescantia ohiensis, Ohio Spiderwort

Tradescantia ohiensis

Ohio Spiderwort

  • Thrives in full sun or light shade
  • Likes consistent moisture. In dryer settings, look for locations with partial shade.
  • Grows to roughly 36" tall and 12" to 18" wide
  • Early Summer Blooms
  • Garden, meadow and open woodland settings.

A species that will show their best in a community, these thrive in mixed gardens and in meadow settings. They generally grow to between 2’ and 3’ tall and, if isolated in a garden without some support, they have a definite tendency to topple over.
They will keep blooming in their toppled state, but won’t show their pretty purple-blue blossoms to their best effect.

I’ve found that they will tolerate a bit of shade but really are at their best with six or more hours of sun each day. Morning sun especially, since hot afternoon sun seems to hurry the closing of their morning blooming flowers.

I haven’t found that they are very particular when it comes to soil type but they do seem to be happier with consistent moisture, or at least a good drink now and then in periods of extended drought.

From a spread standpoint, I’m put them in roughly the same category as daylilies (the garden varieties, rather than the fast-spreading orange ones), with individual plants growing considerably taller than they are wide but patches eventually forming.

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The Online Plant Nursery will re-open for orders on Tuesday, May 17th

Pickups will begin the following week.

I will be offering plug sized plants for $1.25 each or 5 for $5. 

I'm in the process of adding species that I expect to offer this spring to the listings since they are starting to germinate and I'm starting to get an idea of which will be available in abundant quantities.

Since the list is much longer this year I've added several categories to help narrow down your options based on a variety of criteria.

For those who have already adopted seedlings, planting instructions can be found here.