Spiderwort Tradescantia virginiana
On a rainy day in May, I attended a flower watercolor painting workshop at Monticello. After a demo, the instructor then told us to choose a flower and paint it.
I walked along the path which was bordered by mostly peonies.
My painting with the spiderwort at Monticello.
I chose the spiderwort because it was blooming nicely (as it does on most rainy days) and because it was a native flower (and thus I could count this as advanced instruction for Master Naturalist certification).
Anytime I do a drawing, I understand the plant better--especially how the leaves are alternate and clasp the stem and that that there are 3 petals with 6 bright yellow stamens.
Spiderwort, Hewlett Gulch, Colorado, June 14, 2016
Spiderworts grow in a variety of habitats including fields and roadsides. The above photo was taken in a meadow in Colorado, close to Fort Collins and Estes Park where we stayed.