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Ohio Spiderwort
Tradescantia ohiensis

Grows and expands to form an attractive, native, perennial clump herb that is 1-3' tall. A wonderful plant for many soil conditions and moisture tolerances. It is used mainly as a buffer and slope soil stabilizer. It is also well-suited for landscape and garden design, including rain water gardens.

USDA symbol: TROH

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height3 feet
Light ExposureShade
Soil MoistureDry, Medium, Wet
Bloom ColorPurple
Ohio Spiderwort (Ohio Spiderwort<div><em class="small">Tradescantia ohiensis</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsJune to July
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Rain Garden, Restoration, Sandy or Engineered Soils, Shoreline Buffer, Upland Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism3
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyFillmore, Houston, Wabasha, Winona
EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland