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  • (Purple-flowering) Rubus odoratus (Purple-flowering Raspberry, Flowering Raspberry, or Virginia raspberry) is a species of Rubus, native to eastern North America, from Nova Scotia west to Ontario, and south to Georgia and Alabama.

  • (purple-flowered) having purple flowers

  • (perennial) lasting an indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal; "perennial happiness"

  • A perennial plant

  • (perennial) lasting three seasons or more; "the common buttercup is a popular perennial plant"

  • (perennial) recurring again and again; "perennial efforts to stipulate the requirements"

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Ferry-Morse 1131 Purple Coneflower Perennial Flower Seeds (300 Milligram Packet)

Ferry-Morse 1131 Purple Coneflower Perennial Flower Seeds (300 Milligram Packet)

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Spiderwort... The Trinity Flowers

Spiderwort... The Trinity Flowers

Common Name: Spiderwort, Cow Slobber, Indian Paint, Widow's Tears, Moses in the Bulrushes, Dayflower, Trinity Flower.
Scientific Name: Tradescantia virginiana (Named for John Tradescant, the royal gardener of King Charles I of England. In 1637 his son brought the plant from North America back to England where it became a favorite as a garden exotic; the species name attests to its origin in the colony of Virginia).

The name Spiderwort is attributed to the observation that the monocotyledonous, grass- like leaves of the plant are suggestive of a crouching spider. To further augment the arachnid syllogism, when the stalk of the Spiderwort is broken, sap emerges that forms filaments that resemble a spider's web. This is the source of the vernacular name "Cow Slobber." The term "wort" is from the Old English wyrt meaning root or herb and is generally applied to a plant to indicate a medicinal application, in this case spider bites. It is likely that the perceived need for a treatment for spider bites arose due to the prevailing belief in Southern Europe that spider venom was the cause of a malignancy known as choreomania, or dancing madness. Symptoms included headaches, sweating, and trembling, and severe melancholia. In the absence of an antidote, frenzied dancing to the point of exhaustion was permitted even where it was prohibited by unflinching religious fiat. In Italy it was called tarantism, as it was attributed to the bite of the tarantula, a species of wolf spider. As early as 1633, plants of the genus Asphodelus were recommended as antidotes. The discovery of the spider-like plant in the New World during the heyday of this mania probably led to its consideration as a medicine for the condition.

That the name spiderwort is suggestive of the use of the plant as a palliative against spider bites is based on the Doctrine of Signatures. The hypothesis is that a plant can be used as a medicinal for human ailments based on some aspect of its form or color, so that a red plant would be appropriate for blood disorders and a flower shaped like a butterfly would be an antidote for an insect bite. It is thought to have originated in Ancient China where plant features were correlated to human organs, and independently in Greece, where it was alluded to by the physician Galen (131-200 CE). It reemerged in 17th Century Europe with the publication of the book "Signatura Rerum; the Signature of All Things" written by a poor German shoemaker named Jacob Boehme who claimed divine inspiration. The Doctrine of Signatures owes its prominence, however, to the noted Swiss physician and chemist Philippus Aureolus who is more commonly known by the eponym Paracelsus (Latin for "superior to Celsus", who was a noted Roman physician) and is considered by some to be the father of modern chemistry. Paracelsus gained a reputation throughout Europe as a healer who used unconventional medicines containing natural ingredients, laying the groundwork for the field of chemical physiology.

The use of the various species of Spiderwort by Native Americans lends credence to the notion of its potentiality as a cure for tarantism. The Cherokee used the plant to make a tea used in the treatment of "female" problems and as a laxative to treat ailments of the stomach and kidney. The Lakota made a blue paint from the flowers that they used to decorate their clothing, whence the name Indian Paint. Perhaps most importantly, a poultice made by crushing the leaves of the plants was used as a treatment for insect bites and stings.

As a botanical link between the wetland grasses called sedges and the lilies, spiderworts have always been of interest to the scientific community. This is especially true because they have very large chromosomes that are ideally suited to the study of cells or cytology. Its long flowering period which allows more readily for artificial pollination has been exploited in genetic research using the prominent stamen hair cells. The most remarkable aspect of the Spiderwort plant is its use as an indicator of radiation and of chemical pollution, an application that has recently become manifest due to its widespread use in laboratory testing.

Since 1974, experimentation has demonstrated that the spiderwort plant is an accurate instrument for measuring cumulative doses of radiation. Studies conducted at Kyoto University in Japan and at Brookhaven National Laboratory found that the normally blue stamen hairs indicated mutation by turning pink when exposed to radiation. The same effect has since been observed when the spiderwort plant is subjected to chemical pollution. The use of a biological means to monitor radiation offers distinct advantages over electronic or chemical devices in that it gives a more meaningful measure of the effect on living things. The Roentgen Equivalent Man (REM) is used in radiation detection technology to take the biological aspect of

Purple Stamens...Safe!

Purple Stamens...Safe!

The Spiderwort is a natural radiation detector which may hold a fragment of promise in further research in the deactivation of radiation.
Spiderwort detects radiation that conventional instruments don't.
There is experimental evidence from an antinuclear group in Japan that a certain species of Spiderwort plant shows effects of radiation exposure when the radiation is not detectable by any instruments. This indicates that biologically sensitive is much greater than currently assumed or else that some types of radiation which are capable of biological effects exist which cannot be detected by electronic means and are not allowed for conventional theory.
Spiderwort flower
The stamens of the Spiderwort flower are usually blue or blue-purple. In the presence of radiation, however, the stamens turn pink. Common Spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata) Found throughout all but the extreme northern counties of North Dakota, common Spiderwort is a striking plant. Elsewhere, the species ranges from Montana to Kansas eastward to Michigan and Indiana.
This is an odd-shaped perennial monocot. Monocots, among other characteristics, have woody fibers generally throughout the stem, whereas in a much larger class of plants, the dicots, the fibers are arranged in a ring around the pith. Flowers of common Spiderwort are found in clusters of 5-15 atop stems that have only a few very narrow leaves up to a foot long. Two leaf-like bracts accompany each flower cluster. The light blue to deep lavender flowers are three petalled, and nearly an inch wide. When viewed from above, the whole plant vaguely resembles a large "spider", with the flower cluster forming the "body" and the leaves and bracts forming the "legs."

Common Spiderwort likes sandy soils and seems to be most abundant where grazing is light to moderate. Young foliage of some spiderworts is occasionally mentioned as being useful for edible greens and potherbs.

This plant is a member of the largely tropical Spiderwort family (Commelinaceae), the name dedicated to a family of seventeenth century Dutch botanists named Commelin. The generic name was dedicated to John Tradescant, gardener to Charles I of England. The specific epithet
bracteata means "bracted" in botanical Latin. The plant was described for science in 1898 by botanist and curator of the New York Botanical Garden John Small(1869-1938).
1. In health related issues, would the Spiderwort plant be a good candidate for a supplement in radiation related illness or treatment ( example Spirulina)?
2. Further experiments are needed to determine if the effect of radiation is an effect that just shows the effect of radiation, or if it actually absorbs it. This could be crucial to any further consideration to using the Spiderwort plant as more than a means to detect radiation.

purple flowers perennials

purple flowers perennials

Candide Hibiscus Rose of Sharon - Lavender Purple

HIBISCUS: Popular for nearly 200 years and with good reason. Its size and growth habit allow it to be planted near a home or in a border, and its flowers are spectacular! Very useful for late summer to early fall bloom. Slow to begin growing in the spring, but makes up for lost time fast.
Candide Hibiscus - Hibiscus syriacus 'Candide'
Family: Malvaceae
(Hibis-cus: ancient Greek and Latin name, syri-acus: Syrian)
Candide Hibiscus is a new color of hybrid hibiscus. This lavender-purple variety flowers in late summer. Its tropical-looking flowers are larger than those of Rose of Sharon. It makes a good small tree or large shrub. Candide reaches 8 to 10 feet tall at maturity with brightly colored blooms and big leaves, and is hardy to USDA Zone 5.

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