This is the Mountain Spiderwort, Tradescantia subaspera Ker-Gawl. var. montana, . It gets its name because the angular leaf arrangement looks kinda like a squatting spider.This shot was taken on the Balsam Mountain and Heintooga Ridge Road in the Great Smoky Mountains

The Cherokee and other Native American tribes used Virginia spiderwort for various food and medicinal purposes. The young leaves were eaten as salad greens or were mixed with other greens and then either fried or boiled until tender. The plant was mashed and rubbed onto insect bites to relieve pain and itching. A paste, made from the mashed roots, was used as a poultice to treat cancer. A tea made from the plant was used as a laxative and to treat stomachaches associated with overeating. Virginia spiderwort was one of the seven ingredients in a tea used to treat “female ailments or rupture.” It was also combined with several other ingredients in a medicine for kidney trouble.


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  • Sherrianne Talon
    Sherrianne Talonover 6 years ago

    Great colour and the detail is just amazing!!!

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerover 6 years ago

    Very pretty Gary!

    Welcome back……

  • Periwinkle
    Periwinkleover 6 years ago

    Love the beauty of it & the wonderful history lesson!

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonover 6 years ago

    Beautiful soft but with detail and very elegant, love it !

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 6 years ago

    Fabulous colors and details, Gary. Your florals are always FABULOUS!

  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightover 6 years ago

    Very nice light and composition, great background… well done. Very pleasing to the eye.

  • Farmncamera
    Farmncameraover 6 years ago

    Beautiful Macro… how we get such great DOF with a very small plant/flower! Very nice!! :)

  • Jeff J.
    Jeff J.over 6 years ago

    Awesome! Is that what that’s called? Cool. :) I wish I had gotten your message sooner. I’ve just been really busy. Foamflowers( I see it on the right side of this page) is also a wonderful photograph, Gary! Makes me wanna get up there ASAP!

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaover 6 years ago

    Beautiful colors and imagery.

  • amarica
    amaricaover 6 years ago

    Excellent image, colors, play of light and shadows Gary

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