The VNPS 2008 Wildflower of the Year (WOY) is spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana). This herbaceous perennial plant occurs throughout much of the eastern portion of the U.S. and is widespread in Virginia. Spiderwort blooms from April to July. The small flowers occur in clusters at the ends of the stems, atop several elongate bracts. Flowers have three petals that range from purple to rose or, rarely, white. Densely hairy stamens provide, perhaps, the easiest way to recognize spiderworts. Also, stalks of spent flowers droop below the flower cluster yielding an aspect reminiscent of spindly spider legs.

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Copyright © 2008 Virginia Native Plant Society. This article first appeared in Bulletin of the Virginia Native Plant Society 27:1 (2008), 4.

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