This name was used by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and natural scientist, about 250 B.C. for a flower; however, it is not certain which flower, for the Cleome was native to the Americas and had not been seen in Greece at his time.
The skunk-like scent will keep deer away.
The name "spider plant" comes from the long stamens that resemble the legs of daddy longlegs (spider).
It would be good to cut back the seed pods or to save the seeds for its seeds will spread the plant hither and yon.
Another completely different flower carries the name of of spider. this is the invasive spider wort. Wort is an Middle English word for an herb or plant, especially one once believed to have healing properties. It was once believed that diseases could be healed by flowers with an appropriate color. For instance, blood diseases could be healed with flowers that were red, the color of blood. This makes sense--we suppose. A flower that could resemble a butterfly could be used to heal insect bites.
Spider wort has a number of popular names. Cow slobber comes from the slobbering liquid found when a stem is cut or broken. Indian paint comes from the fact that many Lakota Indians used the blue flowers for paint for their clothing. then we find widow tears, Moses in the Bull Rushes, and day flower.
The binomial, Tradescantia Virginiana, comes from John Tradesant, the royal gardener of King Charles I who, incidentally lost his head during the English civil war--Charles, that is. John kept his head. We all know that Oliver Cromwell won the war. Our colonies were without a royal king during this time--Puritans ruled. John's son had brought the flower from Virginia that graced many flower gardens in England.
The Japanese, at Kyoto University, found that the harry blue stamen hairs would turn pink when exposed to radiation (ionizing radiation cells mutate).