by Bethany Plonski May. 14, 2019 301 views

When I found these pretty purple flowers on the trail by our lake, I had no idea what they were. After looking them up and learning they are called spiderwort, the first thing I wanted to know was how they got such an odd name.

One explanation I found says the name comes from the viscous, threadlike substance the plant secretes when its stem is cut (it resembles spider silk). Or, the name might come from the plant’s flowers, which only bloom for a short time before wilting into a waxlike mess that can be pulled into threads like a spiderweb.

I’m not sure if either of those explanation are correct, but now that I know these are very short-lived flowers, I’m really glad I got to see them in full bloom.

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Ho Kim 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I have seen lots of flowers but the stamen of this flower is something I've never seen before. I don't think I can find something similar around my home. smile Thank you for the nice macro shots. I'm enjoying them.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Ho Kim 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you! I thought it was very unusual too. I really enjoy taking close-ups and seeing the detail of different plants. smile Glad you enjoyed the photos!

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Olga Helys 2 months ago

#2 So wonderful!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Olga Helys 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much! smile

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Heike 2 months ago

They are really eyecatchers. Great photos, Bethany!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Heike 2 months ago

Thank you, Heike! They definitely caught my eye. smile From a distance I thought they looked a bit like wild irises.

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Buster Bruce 2 months ago

Beautiful images

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Buster Bruce 2 months ago

Thank you! Glad you liked them. smile

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Alan James 2 months ago

We have these in our flower bed in the front yard, under the porch.  They're perennials - and quite hardy.  Nice shots...

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Alan James 2 months ago

Thank you! That's really neat that you grow them! I saw a few articles that recommended planting them in flower beds. Will have to keep that in mind.

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Camellia 2 months ago

Thanks for sharing what they are. Very nice series of photos.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia 2 months ago

Thanks, Camellia! I love learning new plants and flowers - glad to share.

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David Swatton 2 months ago

It's funny how often pretty flowers have ugly names! Nice set.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to David Swatton 2 months ago

Thank you! I love word histories, but sometimes it's a stretch to understand how a certain name or expression came about. smile

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Antonio Gil 2 months ago

Thanks for the explanation. They are all beautiful

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months ago

Thank you, Antonio! Glad you enjoyed them.

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