Blooming in my garden: White Spiderwort

13 05 2010

White Spiderwort (Tradescantia x andersononia ‘Alba’). Insect identity unknown (actually, he looks suspiciously like a tick, but it could be a spider or a mite—your guess is as good as mine—this one was red with a black splotch on its back, and quite tiny). Two of them shimmied down the vertical leaf and onto the flower just as I was focusing on the stamens. 

Spiderworts are very easy to grow—adapting to many types of soil (but preferring moist and well-drained) and tolerating full sun to full shade (can’t say that about many plants). I bought this plant at the annual Green Spring Gardens plant sale last year—and I plan on being there this Saturday for this year’s event! 

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.



3 responses

15 05 2010

The ‘insect’ has eight legs, so must be a spider!

9 05 2012
Steve Schwartzman

I think you’re right about the little critter being a tick. One more occupational hazard for nature photographers.

9 05 2012

Here’s another shot WITHOUT the dreaded tick!

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