Ohio Spiderwort

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Tradescantia ohiensis (1/2-pint plug)

Exposure: Sun-partial

Soil: Dry-medium-wet

Height: 3-4'

Bloom: May-June-July

Notable features: Excellent for recently restored areas with a heavy weed seed bank, this plant will compete when given its ideal growing situation (moist, sunny soils). Can be aggressive and will readily reseed. Not recommended for very small spaces or along edges of gardens. Certain TLC staff have made this mistake and are still paying the price years later by pulling new seedlings every year. However, it's perfect for non-garden-y medium-wet areas where it can spread to its heart's content!

Attracts: Insects
The most important pollinators of the flowers are long-tongued bees, especially bumblebees. Other visitors include Halictine bees and Syrphid flies. However, the Syrphid flies feed on stray pollen and are non-pollinating. Spiderwort is rarely bothered by insects, although Lema collaris (Leaf Beetle sp.) reportedly feeds on the foliage.