The Western Spiderwort is a perennial flower with straight slender stem, and grows at a range of 5 to 60 cm. It has grass-like leaves that have distinct purplish veins, folded length ways and are 10 to 30 cm long. The Western Spiderwort has three petals that has a slightly pointed tip and are 10 to 15 cm long. The flowers usually have dark blue petals but it can also be white or pink. Only a single flower blooms each day and lasts for a few hours; the flowers occur in clusters.
Where Western Spiderwort can be found in North America
Why is at risk?
Loss of habitat is the main factor of why the Western Spiderwort's population is declining. Another factor of why it is declining is because of petroleum exploration and extraction in Manitoba. Excessive vegetation causes an unsuitable habitat for the Western Spiderwort as it causes shading and stabilizes the slope of the dunes. Another threat to the Western Spiderwort is high levels of grazing cattle which can disturb the vegetation and their habitat.
How is it being protected?
The Western Spiderwort is protected under Species at Risk Act (SARA). It is listed as threatened under the Manitoba Endangered Species Act and it is illegal to kill, harm, possess, disturb or damage the habitat of this flower. The Western Spiderwort is listed as endangered under the provincial Wildlife Act in Saskatchewan and it is protected from being harmed, interfered with, and harvested.