Spiderwort/Day Flower

Scientific name: Tradescantia species
Abundance: plentiful
What: leaves, stem
How: leaves salad, stem steamed or cooked
Where: shade, partial sun, woods, fields
When: spring, late summer, fall
Nutritional Value: minor amounts of vitamins and minerals
Other uses: the normally blue stamen hairs indicated mutation by turning pink when exposed to radiation. The same effect has since been observed when the spiderwort plant is subjected to chemical pollution.

Spiderwort.
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Clump of spiderwort plants.
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Closeup of mature spiderwort stems.
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Closeup of spiderwort unopened flower buds.
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Closeup of spiderwort flower.
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Texas distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture. The marked counties are guidelines only. Plants may appear in other counties, especially if used in landscaping.
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North American distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture.
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Dayflower plant.
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Closeup of dayflower.
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Closeup of dayflower.
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Texas distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture. The marked counties are guidelines only. Plants may appear in other counties, especially if used in landscaping.
DayflowerTX

North American distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Dayflower

The sap of these plants is very mucilaginous, similar to okra and aloe vera. Rubbed on minor (1st degree) burns this sap brings relief. Also like okra, it can be used to thicken stews. I love this plant because it is nutritious and can be found in the Houston area almost all year long. Hard frosts will kill it back to the ground but it'll be back and ready to eat in about two months. I hide chopped-up spiderwort/dayflower in lots of stews and slow-cooker meals I give my family.

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