|Photographed 1 June 2011, Cinder Path prairie remnant east of Derby, Iowa.|
Tradescantia ohiensis. Native to Lucas County's moist to mesic black soil prairies and savannas, this is an adaptable plant that thrives in disturbed ground and also is found frequently in pastures and along roadsides in all but the northwest part of the tallgrass region.
Smooth blue-green somewhat spindly plants up to four feet tall. Flowers, which last one day only, emerge in a spidery cluster at the top of stems. Blooms late spring to midsummer.