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
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 site
Ohio Spiderwort seed
Ohio Spiderwort seed - Close to Harvest Time

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

Spiderwort with Native bees
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
Nodding Onion Garden's Ohio Spiderwort
Nodding Onion Garden's Ohio Spiderwort
Ohio Spiderwort
Jim Wohl - Spiderwort
Ohio spierwort in the spring
Spring has arrived - Tradescantia ohiensis
Seed Provenance - Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN 2012 - Nodding Onion Gardens 2013 - Present