Although not exactly appetizing, the word “wort” is added to the end of plant names to signify it has some use in food or medicine. In brewing, the wort is the bittersweet sugar solution obtained by mashing the malt and boiling in the hops, which becomes beer through fermentation. Adding some spiderwort to the Beer Garden seems fitting doesn’t it?

Spiderwort flowers only last a single day. They bloom in the morning and fade out by the afternoon. They are delicate flowers, yet provide a special nectar resource to our native bees and bumblebees. While each flower only lasts a day, its blooms can last for weeks, because as one flower dies, another is there to take its place. It blooms in the spring, and springtime blooming flowers are important to get the bees started off right. Many springtime blooming flowers can be a bit fussy, but not spiderwort. It happens to be amazingly easy to take care of, so it is great for a gardener of any experience level. 

Spiderwort does best when planted in spring in partial shade.