Here's a wider shot. Spiderworts in general were food for the Indians. The new shoots were eaten by many tribes across the continent. Some tribes, particularly the Meskwaki, Navajo and Cherokee in particular, used them instead for medicine. Among those uses, the Meskwaki put it in cuts on the head to stop craziness. The Navajo hoped it was an aphrodisiac. The Cherokee used it for stomach aches from overeating. If only.