Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WordlessWednesday 11: Spiderwort










Greene Prairie * UW Arboretum * Madison, WI

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8 comments:

Margaret Almon said...

We have Spiderwort in our garden, and I love how they close up in the afternoon.

Heather said...

Margaret: Amazing and beautiful, aren't they?

kaye said...

how interesting--both the flower and the name

Heather said...

Kaye: Spiderwort is one of my favorite prairie plants. I talked about it a bit in this T13 post last summer.

Jana said...

I wanna know how some of these flowers get their names. Spiderwart? It's too pretty to have such and ugly name.

Alice Audrey said...

Oh! So that's what spiderwort looks like. I've read about it many times but had no idea.

Heather said...

Jana: Not wArt, wOrt. Big difference, hon. From dictionary.com:

WORT
–noun
a plant, herb, or vegetable (now usually used only in combination): figwort, spiderwort, lousewort, st john's wort.

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Origin:
Before 900; Middle English; Old English wyrt root, plant; cognate with Old High German wurz, Old Norse urt, herb, Gothic waurts, root.

Heather said...

Alice: Yes, this is spiderwort. Pretty, isn't it?