Tradescantia ohiensis, also known as Ohio spiderwort, is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial which grows up to 3′ tall with dark bluish-green, arching, grass-like leaves.
The most important pollinators of the flowers are long-tongued bees, especially bumblebees. Other visitors include Halictine bees and Syrphid flies. However, the Syrphid flies feed on stray pollen and are non-pollinating. Spiderwort is rarely bothered by insects, although Lema collaris (Leaf Beetle sp.) reportedly feeds on the foliage. Mammalian herbivores also eat the plant, including the White-Tailed Deer, Cottontail Rabbit, Box Turtles, and livestock. The foliage is non-toxic to these animals.
Livestock will eat this plant.
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Very tolerant of part shade, but bloom may be less profuse. Prefers moist, acidic, sandy soil. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded. Cut back to 6-12″ in mid-summer to encourage new growth and a possible fall bloom. An interesting perennial for the border, naturalized area, meadow or open spaces of the woodland garden.
A Missouri native plant that is commonly found in prairies, wood margins, meadows, along roadsides, or in waste areas. Other habitats include sandy black oak savannas, Bur Oak savannas, limestone glades, thickets and woodland borders, moist meadows near woods or rivers, roadside ditches, and areas along railroads. Plants are usually widely scattered, but sometimes appear in sizable colonies in disturbed areas. Ohio Spiderwort is often included in conservation mixes due to its wildlife food and habitat value.
This plant is commonly used in the following mixes: Wet Meadow Mix
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