Tradescantia ohiensis

General Information:

This perennial herb can grow up to 3 feet tall and produces red and purple flowers from March through August. It is commonly found in moist meadows, prairies and thickets in partially shaded areas. They are a special plant for bumble bees and other pollinators. They can also hybridize in different soil combinations and water levels. 

Medicinal Uses:

If you crush the leaves, you can alleviate the sting of insect bites. Teas have been made and used as laxatives. 

Did You Know:

The flowers tend to open in the morning, but if you touch the spiderwort’s flowers in the heat of the day, the flowers will shrivel up and feel like a fluid jelly.