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Commelinaceae / Spiderwort
Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis)
Ohio Spiderwort is also known as Bluejacket which is the official vernacular..

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 80cm in height (30inches).
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Leaves can reach 40cm in length (16inches). Leaves can be as wide as 2 cm (0.8inches). Each leaf is entire with a white down the base in a sheath.
Flowers: The flowers have 3 Regular Parts and are up to 4cm wide (1.6 inches). They are blue to lavender sometimes (rarely) white. Blooms first appear in mid spring and continue into early summer. The flowers are in a terminal cyme with each opening for one morning. The filaments of the six stamens are densely covered with blue hairs. The sepals usually with red edges and hairs only on the tips.
Habitat: Well drained woods, open areas and borders.
Range: All of eastern and midwestern U. S.

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The blue hairs on the stamens are distinctive. These hairs are blue even on the rare white flowered plants and are composed of a chain of single large cells that can be seen clearly with low magnification and turn pink when exposed to even low levels of nuclear radiation.(Hemmerly)

Medical Uses: The Cherokee used Spiderwort as an ingredient in several preparations for female and kidney problems. They used a tea for digestive problems and would rub crushed leaves on insect bites (stings). A root poultice was used for cancer.

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Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) entire plant.  © Paul Rebmann

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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.

Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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