High Temperature: 84F Low Temperature: 69 Sunrise: 6:32 am Sunset 8:12 pm Humidity: 59% Wind: s 15 mph
I noticed the first tiny purple-blue Prairie Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) flower a few days ago, barely peeking out from under the deep grass along our pasture walking path. This morning, there were too many to count, scattered all along in within that same path. Sometime during the night they had readied themselves for the coming day, opening their 3-petaled blooms to the morning sun. By noon, the flowers were withered and closed in upon themselves. The blooms last only a single day, but each plant will continue to flower for several weeks. The leaves are thick and sturdy, similar though smaller than aloe vera (and without spines), and are edible. They seem to grow equally well in bare, sandy, packed soil, as in deep within the shade of Bermuda grass. They are the house sparrow of the plant world, able to thrive in almost any environment.
The clunky name "spiderwort" comes from the delicate nature of the flowers, and the fact that once destroyed by the sun, the petals can be divided into strands like the silk of spider webs. I know summer is truly on the way when the spiderworts are in bloom.