from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various New World herbs of the genus Tradescantia, especially T. virginiana, having three-petaled blue or purple flowers with six hairy stamens.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A perennial plant of the Tradescantia genus, found in clumps in woodland and meadow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An American endogenous plant (Tradescantia Virginica), with long linear leaves and ephemeral blue flowers. The name is sometimes extended to other species of the same genus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Tradescantia, especially T. Virginica, the common garden species.
- n. By extension, any plant of the order Commelinaceæ; specifically, Commelina eælestis, a blue-flowered plant from Mexico.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any plant of the family Commelinaceae
The spiderwort is a flower whose juice is used for painting the silks before they're masked with starch and then dyed.
_Tradescantia_ -- This is otherwise known as spiderwort, Wandering Jew,
The spiderwort was a rich blue with its two large petals rounded, while the third one was tiny and colorless.
I also grow a silver-leafed version of the common green-leaf brunnera called Jack Frost, which is particularly amazing-looking when its bright blue flowers are blooming, and a variety of spiderwort (Tradescantia) called Sweet Kate, whose own blue flowers stand out against its unusual bright yellow leaves instead of the typical green ones.
It was peeling, and long pieces of paint hung down like the drooping leaves of a spiderwort.
Wetlands will reassert themselves, Muscatine vines, spiderwort and pickerel weed will overrun the golf courses, and panthers will dance again in the forests.
Maybe, he thought with a smile, this was some common, humble plant he tended'dandelion or catnip or spiderwort.
But if you've never smelled the juice of a spiderwort … well, I was very glad at the end of the week to go back to boiling dyes once again.
There are four families of the order, the spiderwort belonging to the highest one, _Commelyneæ_.
A good example is furnished by the common spiderwort (Fig. 1).
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