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Tradescantia ohiensis


A low-care, drought-tolerant plant that would work well as a ground cover or low border. Flowers only last a few hours, like the related dayflower (Commelina erecta).

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis


Spiderwort close-up of flower


Plant Facts:

Common Name:   Spiderwort

Botanical Name:   Tradescantia ohiensis

Plant Type:  Clumping plant, spreads by rhizomes

Zones: 5-10

Height:  to 2'

Soil Requirements:  Not too particular as to soil

Water Requirements: Good drought tolerance

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade.

Leaves:  Narrow, grass like, succulent, up to 15" long, creased along center rib and clasping the stem. 

Flowers: Three-petaled blue to lavender or occasionally white, 1" flowers with yellow stamens, tightly clustered at the tips of smooth, leafy stems and blooming most of the year.


Uses:  Ground cover or low border.

Propagation:  Seeds, clump division -- spreads by underground rhizomes, forming clumps, but will not grow out of control.

Source:  Native Florida Plants: Low-Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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