Tradescantia ohiensis


You will start to notice this deep blue wildflower along roadsides and the coast from Cocoa Beach north.  It grows in scrub too, yet will have more leaves and flower more often if planted in rich soil with mulch.   It tends to go dormant in June and reappear a few months later if in poor soil.

February to June is its main blooming season. Honey bees like this plant and songbirds eat the seeds. The leaves can be cooked as a potherb.

This is a long lived perennial that will spread by seed across the yard.  Dig them up and share.  It does not respond to Roundup herbicide, which can be a plus or minus.

Mixes nicely with seaside goldenrod, salvia, sunshine mimosa and other seaside flowers or just planted under an oak tree.  It can take full sun or moderately deep shade.

Although the most common color is blue, pink and very rarely white may show up from seedlings.