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 (spī′dər-wûrt′, -wôrt′)
Any of various plants of the genus Tradescantia of the Americas, especially T. virginiana, having long thin leaves and three-petaled blue, purple, pink, or white flowers.

[Originally, any of various European plants of the genus Anthericum, later also applied to plants of the genus Tradescantia : spider (perhaps because the long leaves of both genera typically grow upward and then bend sharply downward, resembling a spider's bowed legs, or because the species A. ramosum was used in ancient times to treat the bite of the European tarantula ) + wort.]


1. (Plants) any of various plants of the American genus Tradescantia, esp T. virginiana, having blue, purplish, or pink flowers and widely grown as house plants: family Commelinaceae. See also tradescantia
2. (Plants) any of various similar or related plants
[C17: so called because of the spidery shape of its stamens]


(ˈspaɪ dərˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

any of various New World plants of the genus Tradescantia, having blue or rose-colored flowers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spiderwort - any plant of the family Commelinaceaespiderwort - any plant of the family Commelinaceae
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Commelinaceae, family Commelinaceae, spiderwort family - large widely distributed family of chiefly perennial herbs or climbers: spiderworts
Paradisea liliastrum, St.-Bruno's-lily - a variety of spiderwort
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Native plants to the area such as sweet-scented water lily, swamp rose mallow, and spiderwort are among the wildflowers catching my attention at this garden where 40% of the flowers are wildflowers (and 125 plant species have been notated in their wildflower catalog).
Tradescantia sillamontana, a xerophyte plant with the common names of White Velvet, White Gossamer Plant and Cobweb Spiderwort, is endemic to north eastern Mexico.
A poet of spiderwort and jacks-in-the-pulpit, hollyhocks against the tool shed.
melacanthus does not develop feeding on wheat or maize plants, it does on tropical spiderwort (Commelina benghalensis) that occurs in these fields and contributes to the high occurrence of the pest (Silva et al.
We rage and kill and also love and bless, One grows around the other, truce and bruise, And can't be separated, not unless We silence one and lose them both, and lose This relic of antique belligerence That nature calls a garden, we a fort, Where spring, in its sublime indifference, Has flanked the guns with clumps of spiderwort.
The native vegetation is composed of gulf muhly (a type of grass), the flowering perennial Lantana, and Tradescantia pallida, a groundcover plant in the spiderwort family.
The studies were of animals such as barn owls, rats, and humans, and plants such as spiderwort and onion.
Expected results: The main expected results include: Actions in all of the existing distribution areas of invading exotics; Eradication of alien forest and garden species (Acacia dealbata, Acacia longifolia, Acacia melanoxylon, Ailanthus althissima, Pittosporum undulatum, Robinia pseudoacacia, Cortaderia selloana, Prunus laurocerasus, Pittosporum eugenioides and Fascicularia bicolor) allowing for the start of recurring and less intensive control works in order to achieve long-term eradication; Reduction of the distribution area of river spiderwort (Tradescantia fluminensis) to 50% of its current area, and substitution in the formerly occupied areas of intermediate periwinkle (Vinca difformis); Restoration of 30 ha of autochthonous habitats (including the conservation of 17.
If you have money to spend, every corner at Garden Center is a little piece of paradise with the bougainvillea in full bloom and the purple scraggly creepers, a species of spiderwort called Tradescantia pallida for an easy Dh12.
SPIDERWORT flowers can change colour in response to different levels of pollution and Fireweed is often the first plant to appear after an area has been hit by fire.
Floral organogenesis in the spiderwort family, Commelinaceae, has previously been investigated in 11 species from eight of 42 genera, three of nine subtribes or their equivalent, and two of three tribes in the family (Hardy & Stevenson, 2000a, b; Hardy et al.