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Tall, perennial plant with linear, gray-green leaves and blue-violet flowers. The flower color varies depending on the angle and lighting. Flowers are around 1 inch in diameter with three petals and 6-7 bright yellow anthers surrounded by purple "hairs." Spiderworts are included in the Monocots class along with lilies, grasses, irises, and orchids. The word "monocot" is an abbreviation of "monocotyledon," which can be translated to "single seed leaf." This refers to the fact that monocots are plants with seeds that contain one embryonic leaf rather than two (as in the dicots).
Growing on the side of a road on a sunny hillside at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Marietta, Georgia.
Spotted on May 7, 2009
Submitted on Dec 30, 2017