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?


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