In Bloom Now: Spiderwort

This Spiderwort (Tradescantia sp.) is in bloom in my garden:

The flowers last a very long time. At night, they close up tight like they’ve never blossomed. In the morning, they open up again. Here’s a photo I took of Mom’s Spiderwort on May 24th:


Wort is the old name for Herb, so Spiderwort or Spider Herb was used for someone who received a Spider bite, among other things.

There are some interesting articles about Spiderwort at

What was spiderwort?

Who was John Tradescant?

How were spiderworts used by the Aztecs?

House Sparrow

There is a pair of House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) in my backyard “fooling around”, and the female landed on one of my birdbaths long enough for me to capture her photo:

House Sparrow

Isn’t she a little sweetie!