Virginia spiderwort (Trandescantia virginiana)

Virginia spiderwort (Trandescantia virginiana)

These grow wild near a marshy bank, in among wild mustard and other plants. What a delight to see so many spread out among the green grass of springtime, when I was walking on a Northern Corridor Railroad Trail. Spiderwort are apparently beneficial to bumblebees and native bees. When I browsed a Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower article, I found out that “The genus is named after John Tradescant (1608-1662) who served as gardener to Charles 1 of England.” Read here to learn more: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=TRVI

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