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Green Landscaping: Greenacres

Native Plants of the Great Lakes

North Branch Restoration Project Seed Book

Tradescantia Ohiensis / Family: Commelinaceae
Common Spiderwort, Swink/Wilhelm # 2

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FLOWERING: Early June to mid-October

SEED TIMING: Late June to early September

HABITAT: Prairie and wood edges

DIAGNOSTIC FEATURES: 1 - 3 feet. Smooth, erect perennial with linear, grass-like leaves and loose clusters of bright blue, 3-petaled flowers with showy yellow stamens above a pair of long, narrow leaf-like bracs. Flowers close up in the afternoon.

TO PICK: Flowers open, mature and go to seed continuously over the season. Ripe seed is pickable when some flowers are still in bloom.


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