Miraculous Melting Spiderwort
To follow is possibly my favorite caption from my book, My Journey into the Wilds of Chicago: A Celebration of Chicagoland’s Startling Natural Wonders:
Spiderwort is a prairie flower, as ethereal as it is enduring. The name is a consequence of its long slender leaves that break suddenly downward, mimicking the legs of a crouching spider.
It rises at the end of May in the prairies and savannas, in a universe all its own, a small galaxy of blue starlike flowers that form the constellation of the Crouching Spider.
Unlike celestial bodies that survive in the billions, for billions of years, the stars of the Crouching Spider number only a few and shimmer for just a few hours.
Coinciding with Earth’s star, they emerge, not with a big bang, but slowly materializing from a golden hot center into three purple points. As the sun grows high in the sky, they gradually collapse into deep blue planets. Yet tomorrow morning, and for thirty or more turns of Earth, you may gaze into the prairie universe to witness the reemergence of the Crouching Spider and the creation of new worlds.
You can find spiderwort at many preserves around Chicago, including:
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