Tradescantia ohiensis

Common spiderwort

Native to Florida

Species Overview

This native perennial is frequent to open, disturbed sites and residential landscapes from northern Florida, south to the central peninsula (Wunderlin, 2011). It is equally likely to occur in wetlands or non-wetlands.

Species Characteristics

Round, fleshy stem with long, grass-like leaves to 15 inches. Flowers grow in clusters and have three small (1 to 1-1/2″) purple petals. Clumps have multiple stems with branching in the upper plant. Deep blue stamens have yellow tips. Spiderwort emerges in early spring, then flowers and produces seed through midsummer. It readily spreads and can be considered weedy.