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Blue Tradescantia

By pamelajean
From my garden.
Named after John Tradescant (1608-1662) who served as gardener to Charles 1 of England.

The showy clusters of flowers of tradescantia can be white, pink, or purple, but are most commonly bright blue, with three rounded petals, six bright yellow anthers, and fine spidery violet hairs near the base.

The flowers open up during the morning and close by the afternoon in sunny weather, to be replaced the next morning by a new batch of blooms. There are up to 20 flowers on each stem, with just one or two flowers opening at a time.

Also known as spiderwort. “Spiderwort is one of those words that wriggles and resonates from the depths of the unconscious with hints of dark basements and foul witches' brew. However, in reality, nothing about these dayflowers suggests anything sinister, and my best guess is that the name refers to the delicate weblike filaments that decorate the anthers of each 3-petalled flower like a feather boa in miniature”.
Some people think the plant was named for the way its flowers hang down like spiders.
Others believe it comes from its medicinal properties, as it was once used to treat spider bites.

I was delighted with the response to my monarch butterfly, and with all of those lovely User Awards, and even a GEA.


Tags: Blue Flowers and plants United states Herbaceous perennial Tradescantia ohiensis Commelinaceae Spiderwort Family bluejacket John Tradescant dayflower Ohio spiderwort

Voters: Monochrome2004, cymru2019, manicam and 66 more

Comments


Fantastic close up this beautiful plant.

Carole
19 Jun 2019 2:05PM
Great to see another upload from you Pam. A) I had never seen one of these flowers before and B) Obviously there is so much to know about these flowers. David
manicam 16 44 1 Canada
19 Jun 2019 2:07PM
Beautiful floral

Sherman
mac Plus
19 9 Scotland
19 Jun 2019 2:20PM
Beautiful flower well photographed and arranged. The information is also excellent as I have never heard of this flower. I may have seen one but did not know it's name until now, so thanks.
Ian
19 Jun 2019 2:24PM
Beautiful image
AlfieK Plus
3 1 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2019 3:02PM
Excellent floral composition Pamela.
Alfie
19 Jun 2019 3:54PM
Beautiful close up, vibrant colors and very well presented.

Lory
19 Jun 2019 3:59PM
Such beautiful blooms, Pamela.
I came across these for the first time at Winterbourne Gardens in Birmingham a few weeks ago.

RichardSmile
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2019 4:01PM
Lovely detail and presentation.
Carole
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
19 Jun 2019 4:51PM
A most lovely flower and image of.......
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2019 5:09PM
Beautiful work Pamela.

Ken.
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
19 Jun 2019 5:10PM
Wonderful picture PJ!
Outstanding in fact.
I've spent all my awards today.
I'll try to remember to put that right tomorrow.
In the meantime - congratulations!
19 Jun 2019 5:45PM
Gorgeous close-up.
Sylvia
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
19 Jun 2019 6:03PM
Fine shot with lovely colors good sharpnes and lovely composition!

Arne
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2019 8:03PM
How beautiful and unusual
Ju
19 Jun 2019 11:39PM
A lovely clean image Pamela, excellently taken and processed. So lovely to view. Pam
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2019 12:17AM
All of the above and then some.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 50 England
20 Jun 2019 12:20AM
Beautiful - you do these floral shots so well - superb clarity.
ColleenA Plus
8 464 7 Australia
20 Jun 2019 4:56AM
Wow....absolutely stunning
20 Jun 2019 5:25AM
Glorious image Pamela.... your Fuji pics always impress
Cheers Walt
GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin wonderful close up
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
20 Jun 2019 10:45AM
Not one I've heard of either! But it's a lovely shade, and perfectly arranged for this delightful image, Pamela 👍
Trev 😀
Fefe Plus
9 54 34 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2019 5:24PM
Ultraviolet!
Diane
20 Jun 2019 10:16PM
So beautiful Pamela. Cathy
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2019 10:49PM
a beautiful macro Pamela
RSK 10 6 Canada
20 Jun 2019 11:29PM
An excellent photographic presentation Pamela, I feel as though I could reach into the PC & touch this flower,it looks soooo real.

Regards,

Ron
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
21 Jun 2019 6:45AM
Not a plant I have often seen here on site: and what a beautiful shot it is from your garden, the detail and colours so marvellous.
When I was in my teens my Dad had this flower in his garden but I think he always referred to it as Wandering Sailor, although he did know the correct botanical name.
R.
Beautifully captured, excellent detail.
Carol
capto Plus
8 6.4k 21 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2019 10:02PM
Superb colour and detail, a lovely shot.Smile
ivor
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2019 10:38PM
Very eye pleasing floral...
Isabel GrinGrin
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2167 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2019 2:40PM

Quote:When I was in my teens my Dad had this flower in his garden but I think he always referred to it as Wandering Sailor, although he did know the correct botanical name

That's interesting, Ronnie, I've never heard it called Wandering Sailor or, as Google also suggests, Wandering Jew. That particular plant is Tradescantia Pallida (I now discover), which is classed as a houseplant of a scrambling nature.
The tradescantia I have is definitely for outdoors, and doesn't scramble, but grows very upright.
Thanks for your interest. I've learnt something todaySmile.
Pamela.

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