Monday, May 10, 2010

A Beautiful Flower with an Ugly Name

I love wildflowers, and one of my all-time favorites is a beautiful little exotic-looking blue flower that has a very "un-beautiful," if not downright ugly, name ~~ Spiderwort. The name Spiderwort is presumed to come from the way the flowers hang like spiders from a web off the main stem, and "wort" is the Old English name for "plant."

During a drive down some country roads last week, I found a clump of Spiderworts growing in a ditch beside the road and stopped to capture them with my camera.

In this picture, you can see how its purple
center resembles a spider's tangled web ...

If you would like to see some pictures I captured of other wildflowers while on my "country roads adventure," you can click on the links below.

Honeysuckle and Wild Roses
Roadside Daisies
Buttercups Blowin' in the Wind

Also be sure and click on the "lagniappe" picture at the bottom of this post to see what I found nestled amongst a patch of pretty little lavender wildflowers.

Lagniappe

5 comments:

Stacey said...

Hi Friend! I didn't know those were called spiderworts. I've learned something today. Someone was just asking me the other day what they were called. :)

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I love this little flower, but I never knew what it was called, I agree it's a beautiful flower with a very ugly name.
Love your little grasshopper treat.
Molly

Tonja said...

I did not know what these are called. And, I have heard the name but did not know what plant it went with. We have lots of these around here. They used to sprout up everywhere in my yard before we moved. I always thought they were pretty and never hurried to remove them. Thanks for the education, and the beautiful pics!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love the depth of the blue, and I also love the little friend you found in your lagniappe shot!

Hoping you had a lovely Mother's Day...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Loui said...

Hi Janie..
thanks for stopping by..
I do love Columbines..
and have quite a collection of photos of them..
these were of the recent purchases of plants for my garden!
I love visiting your blog..
so much "Southerness"!
It takes me home again..
and again!
thanks for sharing!!
warmest hugs..
Loui♥