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Illinois Native Plant Guide - Pages 152-153

Illinois Native Plant Guide

Tradescantia ohiensis

Preferred Water Depth and Inundation Tolerance

Dry to mesic species. Species has some tolerance of early seasonal flooding for short durations. Drought tolerant.

Wildlife Value

Not available.


Used for upland slope buffer stabilization.

Availability, Establishment, and Maintenance

  • Available as seed or plants.
  • For best results from seed, sow fresh seed in fall, or store the seeds in cold, moist storage for 120 days before planting.
  • Kelp-based fertilizers also stimulate germination.

Tradescantia ohiensis

Mature Height
1-3 feetSpiderwort

Plant Type
Perennial herb

Indicator Status
Facultative Upland

Not available

Nutrient Load Tolerance

Salt Tolerance
Not available

Siltation Tolerance

Flowering Color and Time
Mid May to October

Light Preference
Partial to full sun

Seeding Rate
.06 - 1.0 lbs/acre

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