|Please click on the photos, you can see the details of the very feathery center, possibly the view bees see when they visit looking for nectar.|
We have Spiderworts in bloom this week in the yard and around the edges of the garden. I have several kinds, collected in various locations. This pink one I found in Arkansas several years ago and is Tradescantia ozarkana. It's found growing in rich, rocky areas, including woods and bluff ledges.
|Look close into the center. If the stamen hairs turn orange, there's a radiation leak somewhere!|
|This one is a deeper purple, with a brighter yellow-green leaf color and is a selection of Tradescantia virginiana.|
|Note the cluster of buds, each one ready to open for just one day. This is T. bracteata, native of Missouri.|
|This is the more common color of spiderwort.|
I'll leave you with just one more photo to consider. Know what this mean looking critter is, resting on a spinach leaf? You'll be surprised if you don't already know the insect. It's the larval stage of the common ladybug! A very desirable insect to have in the garden. They love to eat the aphids that eat young plant leaves.