Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA

Tradescantia ohiensis - Ohio Spiderwort

Cultivation Information

Height -
  2 ft
Flower Color - Violet blue
Blooms - May - July
Sun - Full or part
Hardy Zone -
Soil - Normal to dry

Family - Commelinaceae
Ohio spiderwort
Seed pods beginning to ripen

Propagation Notes -

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

Ohio Spiderwort seed
Ohio Spiderwort seed - Close to Harvest Time
Spiderwort with Native bees
Spiderwort with Native bees - Jim Wohl
Wildlife Significance
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 site
Ohio Spiderwort
Jim Wohl - Spiderwort
Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range
This seems a little odd, Ohio Spiderwort is listed as endangered in Pennsylvania.

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to view the natural range of the Ohio Spiderwort.
Ohio spierwort in the spring
Spring has arrived!
Seeds Provenance - Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN 2012 - NOG 2013 - Present