Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Tradescantia ohiensis Raf. image
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Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll
Family Commelinaceae
Tradescantia ohiensis Raf.
blue-jacket, common spiderwort, smooth spiderwort
Tradescantia: after John Tradescant, Sr. (c. 1570 - c. 1637), English gardener to King Charles I
ohiensis: of or from Ohio
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 16"-40" tall forb with sticky juice; stems slender, mostly straight, smooth with white powder on the surface, often branching
Flower: blue to pink (occasionally white), 3-parted, 1" wide, petals alike, sepals mostly smooth and often with red edges; inflorescence terminal cluster (cyme) with 2 long, leaf-like bracts below; blooms April-July
Fruit:papery, round capsule
Leaf:linear, flat, firm, smooth, usually less than 1/3" wide; base obviously surrounding the stem
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry, moderate moisture, to wet; roadsides, meadows, prairies; in sandy, loamy soil

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Flora of North America (off site)
Tradescantia canaliculata Raf.
Tradescantia foliosa Small
Tradescantia incarnata Small
Tradescantia ohiensis Raf. var. foliosa (Small) MacRoberts
Tradescantia reflexa Raf.
Tradescantia reflexa Raf. f. albiflora Slavin & Nieuwl.
Tradescantia reflexa Raf. f. lesteri Standl.

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