Widow's or Job's Tears.

Tradescantia virginiana. Spiderwort Family. May - Aug.

Found in rich, moist woods, thickets. Connecticut to South Carolina; also introduced northwestward.


Purplish blue, 1 - 2 inches broad, clustered and seated upon the end of stem between blade-like leaflets, 3 parted.


Long, narrow, sheathing at the base. Plant stem erect, leafy, mucilaginous, 8 - 36 inches high.