Blue beauties by ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

Blue beauties. They are blue spiderworts. Captured at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida, USA.

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From the website: Wildflowers of the Escambia" here

Blue Spiderwort
Tradescantia ohiensis
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth to hairy perennial. It is not unusual for the plants to reach heights of two feet or more. Preferred habitat is woods, prairies, waste areas and roadsides. Leaves are up to 15 inches long; slender, pointed and folded lengthwise; alternate on the stem; no lobes and no teeth; base of leaf sheaths the stem.
Flowers are about two inches wide; three petals; three sepals; hairy, green; six stamens that are also hairy; symmetrical in shape; bisexual and in terminal clusters subtended by bracts that are similar to the stem leaves; three sepals, smooth to hairy at the margins; three petals that are blue in color, or may be rose or pink; six stamens. Flowers occur throughout spring and summer. Flowers open only in the morning. In afternoons the petals wilt and turn to a jelly-like fluid.
Fruit is a capsule..
This is a showy plant and is easily transplanted to the domestic flower plot. Spiderwort was so named because the angular leaf arrangement suggests a squatting spider. The hairy stamens consist of a row of thin-walled cells that form a chain. They are a favorite subject for microscopic examination in biology classes because the flowing cytoplasm and nucleus can be seen easily.
All members of the Spiderwort are used extensively in scientific research to detect radiation fallout or exposure.

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  • gingermegs
    gingermegsabout 4 years ago

    WOW! Stunning BLUE! Love it Randi!:)…Mary

  • Thanks, Mary! I think I got lucky here with so many blooms clumped together…in fact, I wasn’t sure they were spiderworts for a while because many of the botanical sites showed just single blooms, so this is a bonanza! I really appreciate your comment!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 4 years ago

    This is so beautiful!! Great capture Randi and a great read!!

  • Thank you so much, Blair!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1about 4 years ago

  • Thank you! Love your gif!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago

    Very pretty!!!!

  • Thanks! Love your sparrow pictures and your captures of so many varieties of them!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations Randi!!

  • Thank you very much, Blair! This is very special to me!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Navigator
    Navigatorabout 4 years ago

    How spectacular is THAT! Amazing color and perfect clarity! A very beautiful photo!

  • What a fabulous comment! Thank you very much!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • MischaC
    MischaCabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful color and clarity. Excellent work! Congrats on the well-deserved “petal pick”.

  • Thank you, Mischa! I can’t imagine how you felt when you found that Tiger Lily…boy, wouldn’t I love to find one like that! I appreciate your nice comment!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks so very much for the feature, Vickie!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing, congratulations on the feature!

  • Thank you, Colin!! Thanks for bringing far-away places closer with your beautiful imagery, such as with “Callanish (Calanais) Standing Stones!”

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 3 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous colour!

  • Many thanks for your great comment!!

    – ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey

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