BLUEJACKET

Tradescantia ohiensis

Bluejacket, Tradescantia ohiensis also called  Ohio Spiderwort is an erect perennial wildflower. Its;s very adaptable and easy to grow.  Its showy, bluish-purple flowers are three-petaled and born in clusters atop branched stems. Flowers may be blue, purple, pink or even white.  Medicinal uses include: The plant is used for cold, sore throat and whooping cough. * It is also used as an anti- inflammatory and anti- cancer properties.  Leaves boiled and made into a purple-coloured herbal tea to relieve body heat.

SPECS: Genus: Tradescantia ; Species: Ohiensis; Plant Type: Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Medium Wet, Mesic (middle); Height: 1′ — 3′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 3′; Bloom Time: April — July; Bloom Color: Green, Lavender, Purple, White; Advantages: Erosion control; USDA Zone: 4 — 9; Attracts: Bumblebees, Butterflies, Carpenter bees, Honey bees, Small black bees; Tolerant: Drought, Dry soils; Plant Community: Plants that work well with Tradescantia ohiensis:" Beard tongue (Penstemon digitalis), Virgin's bower (Clematis virginiana), Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), Golden star (Chrysogonum virginianum), Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) & Sweet black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta);