Of particular interest are the numerous, fuzzy, blue hairs on the stamens. These mutate at a cellular level and turn pink when exposed to low levels of nuclear radiation!
(Click to enlarge)Spiderwort is rarely bothered by insects but may be fed on by Whitetail deer, Cottontail rabbits, and box turtles.
The Cherokee peoples used Spiderwort in a tea for digestive problems and would rub the crushed leaves on insect bites or stings. The leaves and stems are edible fresh or cooked. The flower petals can be candied or added to salads for interesting color.
This is a great low-maintenance perennial flower with a long bloom season, that can warn you of radiation exposure, and it's edible too!
Read the original radiation research on this plant here.