This is the Virginia Spiderwort, tradescantia virginiana, . 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….A wider shot than my macro so the leaves can be identified as well

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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  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusabout 6 years ago

    I love this Gary…it is best if viewed in large format….what an amazing little plant and so beautiful………I love your description….

    HELUAabout 6 years ago

    What a nice flower, great colours and comp as well as info, thanks Gary !!!

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellabout 6 years ago

    Very well done, lovely clear and beautiful

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kabout 6 years ago

    gorgeous flower great shot well done :) k

  • jlynn
    jlynnabout 6 years ago

    Simple and Gorgeous!!

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 6 years ago

    What a tiny but vibrant flower! Amazing colours! Beautiful in it’s humble simplicity!

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • budrfli
    budrfliabout 6 years ago

    beautiful detail in this macro discovery!

  • Phyllis Wilson
    Phyllis Wilsonabout 6 years ago

    So pretty. I love that you have done so much research on your subjects.

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaabout 6 years ago

    Simplicity at it’s finest. Simply beautiful Gary!

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