Mar. 26, 2017

Ohio spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

This is sort of a canary story. I'm not sure why these are called spiderworts. But it's probably because of the spidery filaments at the center of the flower. This genus is sometimes grown where radiation is an issue. Those filaments will turn pink if exposed to gamma rays. I hope it's just the filaments, because this pinkish centered flower grew not far from home. Ohio spiderworts grow in dry open areas in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA(E), RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV, and ON. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 7/3/15