Tradescantia ohiensis

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Ohio Spiderwort, Bluejacket


Plant Specifics

Size:2-3 ft tall by 1.5-2.5 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink,blue,purple
Phenology:Evergreen, flowers spring-fall. Blooms in the morning.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Adaptable to the casual or wildflower garden. Can be used as groundcover or border plant. Naturalizes.
Considerations:Can spread overly quickly.
Propagation:Seed or division. Plant once and you will have it for many years.
Availability:Friends, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable



Attracts pollinators, especially bees.

Native Habitats:Open sites, deciduous woods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Named after John Tradescant (1608-1662) who served as gardener to King Charles I of England.