By John Nelson
Not a morning person? Here’s a plant that loves the morning.
You can see this species just about anywhere in the eastern USA, from Pennsylvania to Florida, over to Texas, into the Midwestern states and well into Latin America. It is frequently seen on field margins, roadsides and in ditches, and it seems to like sandy places.
This is a native American species, and a member of the largely tropical “spiderwort” family, a family that has given us plenty of showy ornamental garden and patio plants — and weeds.