Bushes for Wet Shady Areas OOR

Bushes for Wet Shady Areas OOR

Bushes for Wet Shady Areas OOR

Faden, Robert (2000). "Tradescantia ohiensis". In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (ed.). Flora of North America North of Mexico (FNA). 22. New York and Oxford – via eFloras.org, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.


Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort) is a vigorous, clump-forming herbaceous perennial with long, arching, blue-green, grass-like leaves that are folded lengthwise. From late spring to midsummer, the foliage is topped by small clusters of three-petaled, blue (sometimes rose) flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with a bouquet of showy yellow stamens. Blooming in succession for about 6 weeks, each flower lasts only a day but there is such an abundance of flower buds that this plant is rarely out of blooms. The leaves and stems are reported to be edible, fresh or cooked. This charming wildflower provides attractive seasonal color in sunny gardens. In warm regions, Ohio Spiderwort goes dormant during the summer. Pair it with late blooming peren

nials to fill the gaps. Also known as Bluejacket, Tradescantia ohiensis will tolerate very light shade, but flowers best in full sun. Very adaptable and easy to grow in a wide range of soils, it will self-seed readily under ideal circumstances. Plants can be cut back to 6 inches high in late summer when the foliage starts to decline, which will help minimize the self-seeding, as well. Mature clumps can be divided every few years.

The following hybrids are known: Tradescantia ohiensis ´ T. gigantea, in Louisiana and Texas; T. ohiensis ´ T. hirsuticaulis, Arkansas; T. ohiensis ´ T. occidentalis, Arkansas, Louisiana; T. ohiensis ´ T. ozarkana, Arkansas; T. ohiensis ´ T. paludosa, Louisiana (reported by MacRoberts, 1980); T. ohiensis ´ T. roseolens, Alabama, Florida; T. ohiensis ´ T. subaspera, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tenne

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