* Flowers in a single cluster at the end of the stem. 3 violet petals,
rounded, symmetric petals. Golden stamens.
* Long, sword-like leaves, opposite, and perpendicular to the stem.
* Height: 10-18".
* Flowers April - July.
* Habitat: Forest edges, roadsides, fields.
* Range: Northern United States.
* Native, but often cultivated.
* John Tradescant, Tradescantia's namesake, sailed on Sir Robert Maxwell's
1620 voyage to fight the Barbary pirates. After retiring from the high
seas, he established a garden in Lambeth, England and later became
gardener to King Charles 1.
* As for the common name's origin, 'Spiderwort' could have arisen
because sap from the broken stem forms spider web-like filaments.
The angular leaf arrangement, suggesting a squatting spider,
suggests another possible origin for the name.