Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)

Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)

Ohio Spiderwort has a small bunch of blue flowers on top of bare stems. It spreads by seed–so plant it in gardens where it is allowed to spread or in prairie restorations. The flowers will eventually be seen scattered throughout, providing a complimentary color to yellow blooming prairie flowers.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Dry, Medium, Medium-Wet
Height:    3 feet
Blooms:    May, June, July
Color:    Blue
Spacing:    12-18″
Zones:    3-9
Benefits:    Pollinators

Design Tips

Ohio Spiderwort looks best when scattered in-between yellow or red flowers. It has the tendency to spread by seed in the right conditions, so planting it in dense gardens with lots of grasses and sedges to keep it in check is the best option.

Companion Plants

Cardinal Flower
Foxglove Beardtongue
Lance Leaf Coreopsis
Royal Catchfly
Butterfly Milkweed