Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Macro Monday: Wandering, Correctly

We had our first frost last night. Here it is glistening in the morning's light on Tradescantia pallida. This is a species of Spiderwort native to the Gulf coast of Mexico and is commonly called 'Wandering Jew'. Although its provenance is indeterminate, many consider this a derogatory name yet I know it by no other. It is a splendidly beautiful trailing evergreen perennial with purple leaves and flowers that brightens up the garden so I'm not sure how this is an offense. We could just as easily call it Wandering Crazy Chicken Lady and I'd be honored!

Some interesting facts: most Spiderworts have a beautiful fragrance if you take the time to sniff them, and studies have shown as houseplants they are very good at removing toxic VOC's from the air.

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Ed said...

Absouloutly beautiful!!! Great shot..:-))

Far Side of Fifty said...

Wonderful color and lighting..you did great!! I have no idea why they are called Wandering Jews..of course up here we have a plant we call that..but it never flowers:)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Wonderful photo! Bring on the Spiderwort! Do they need lots of water to thrive?


Jemm said...

I know! I've always wondered about that name too. Great shot :)

Ann said...

I know this, ( i don't know the name) I used to grow them in Singapore. yes, you are right about it removing fumes in the atmosphere.

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