Tradescantia ohiensis

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Tradescantia ohiensis

Easy to grow, Spiderwort forms a loose mound of deep, blue-green, wide, grass-like foliage that is folded lengthwise and gives rise to a profusion of blue, 3 petaled flowers from mid-May through mid-July. It's a perfect plant for rain gardens, borders, roadsides or open woodland gardens!

Very showy especially in group plantings
Flowers live 1 day but plants rebloom for weeks
Essential plant for providing garden critter cover
Long, folded foliage offers unique garden texture
Loves moist soils, perfect for rain garden use
Tolerates partial shade and still thrives

Native Range

Meadows and moist, open wood margins from Massachusetts south to Florida and west to Texas and Minnesota.

Interesting Facts

Some plants like spiderwort can dominate an area for months yet seemingly disappear as the season progresses, giving rise to later blooming plants.  This seasonal plant succession is key to providing a diverse native habitat in the landscape.


Plant in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of part shade, but will bloom less.  Prefers moist, acidic, sandy soil.

Mature Size: 12-24in. Tall x 18-20in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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