Tradescantia ohiensis smooth spiderwort Commelinaceae TROH; Bx; Q, j; R;

  

Tradescantia ohiensis.Dan Busemeyer.Illinois Natural History Survey.www.inhs.illinois.edu

Tradescantia ohiensis.Dan Busemeyer.Illinois Natural History Survey.www.inhs.illinois.edu (Accessed 4/2014).

Tradescantia ohiensis is a perennial monocotyledon herb to 1 m tall in bloom, smooth, with a waxy bloom. 

Leaves broadly linear, flat, smooth with a waxy bloom, less than 1 cm wide, base expanded into sheath. 

Flowers blue to rose, to 4 cm wide, 3 petals, sepals hairless, with waxy-whitish bloom, to 1.2 cm long, margins often red, flower stalks to 2.5 cm, hairless. 

Fruit a capsule. 

Wetland status: FAC. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Open areas. Possibly escaped from cultivation.