Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Tradescantia ohiensis - Ohio Spiderwort

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Tradescantia ohiensis

This seems a little odd, Ohio Spiderwort is listed as endangered in the state of Pennsylvania.

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to view the natural range of the Ohio Spiderwort.
Ohio spiderwort's green seed pods are not ready to harvest as they are still green
Ohio Spiderwort Seed pods beginning to ripen

Wildlife Significance

Tradescantia ohiensis

Pollinators - Long-tongued bees (bumble bees) and Honey bees. Flies and Halictine bees eat pollen but are not responsible for pollinating Spiderwort plants

Deer -
enjoy this plant

List as one of the top 35 best pollinator plants in the Xerces Society's guide - Attracting Native Pollinators

For more detailed information visit the Illinois Wildflower website

Propagation Notes 

Ohio Spiderwort


Collecting Seed - Wait until pods crack and seed is black

Cold Storage -
I used 90 days - small Zip lock plastic bag with a few table spoons of  moistened vermiculite

Seeds planted - 2-14-2012

Sprouted - 3-1-2012 - Appear initially as a "stubby" blade of grass.

Night Temperature - 61 - 63°F

Day Temperature - 64 - 65°F -Under florescent lights

Alternative Method - Allow plants to seed freely in the garden , then look for grass like seedlings in the spring

Seed Provenance - Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN 2012 - Nodding Onion Gardens 2013 - Present
Close up of a native bee on Ohio Spiderwort
Spiderwort with Native bees - Jim Wohl
Cultivation Information

Height -
  2 ft
Flower Color - Violet blue
Blooms - May - July
Sun - Full or part

Hardy Zone - 3 to 9
pH - 6.6 to 7.5
Soil - Normal to dry

Family - Commelinaceae
bright blue Ohio Spiderwort
Jim Wohl -Parma Heights, Ohio Spiderwort
Dainty blue Ohio Spiderwort in a garden in a traditionally mulched garden
Roger's garden, Ohio Spiderwort Baldwinsville, Ny
Early in the spring, reddish green pointy leaves of Ohio Spiderwort growing in a very moist garden
Spring has arrived - Tradescantia ohiensis