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Illinois Native Plant Guide - Pages 152-153

Illinois Native Plant Guide

Spiderwort
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.

Application/Zone

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.

Spiderwort
Tradescantia ohiensis

Mature Height
1-3 feetSpiderwort

Plant Type
Perennial herb

Indicator Status
Facultative Upland

pH
Not available

Nutrient Load Tolerance
Moderate

Salt Tolerance
Not available

Siltation Tolerance
Moderate

Flowering Color and Time
Purple
Mid May to October

Light Preference
Partial to full sun

Seeding Rate
.06 - 1.0 lbs/acre

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