Answer to the Front Page "Picture of the Week" Question for July 31st - August 7th, 2003
This is spiderwort, Tradescantia subaspera.
Spiderwort has grassy foliage and bright blue flowers in midsummer and
can be found growing in shaded moist places, on sandy, rocky, or clay soil.
You can see spiderwort in the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection.
A little spiderwort trivia: Tradescantia is named for John Tradescant,
gardener for Charles the First of England in the 17th century. Wort comes
from Anglo-Saxon wyrt "herb" or "root", and spider from the belief
held at one time that they would cure spider bites.