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Name: Lisa
Tomball, TX (Zone 9a)
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lisam0313
Jun 5, 2014 10:00 AM CST
Please help me I'd this plant! Thanks!!!
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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Jun 5, 2014 10:14 AM CST
It's a Commelina, likely Commelina erecta. I've read that it can be very invasive in warmer areas like Texas.

Name: Lisa
Tomball, TX (Zone 9a)
“The earth laughs in flowers.”
Region: Texas Bluebonnets Hibiscus Butterflies Hummingbirder Plumerias
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lisam0313
Jun 5, 2014 10:51 AM CST
Thank you so much!!!! My sister loves it and asked me to find out for her!!! Thanks Thumbs up
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
Jun 5, 2014 11:02 AM CST
Looks like Commelina communis, Asiatic Dayflower. A common weed in the US.

http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=COCO3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commelina_communis

http://uswildflowers.com/detail.php?SName=Commelina+communis

Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Jun 5, 2014 11:27 AM CST
Commelina communis tends to have petals that are less rounded and a tad pointed on the end. They are also held in a very upright position. The petals here are more rounded and held more to the sides which is why I would choose Commelina erecta over C. communis for an ID. The form and position of the stamens, staminoids and pistil look more like C. erecta, too. However, there are quite a few species in the USA that look similar so I'm not swearing to anything. Smiling
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Name: Lisa
Tomball, TX (Zone 9a)
“The earth laughs in flowers.”
Region: Texas Bluebonnets Hibiscus Butterflies Hummingbirder Plumerias
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter Birds
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lisam0313
Jun 5, 2014 1:25 PM CST
Thank you so much!!!! My sister loves it and asked me to find out for her!!! Thanks Thumbs up
--Lisa--
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Jun 6, 2014 8:00 AM CST
C. erecta is a native in TX, so can't be invasive, by definition. Looking at USDA plants database, there are many Commelinas known to be present in TX, both native and introduced. The blue doesn't look dark enough to be C. communis, but that's not much to go on for a pic on the computer, where color is sometimes a bit off. C. erecta is what I thought when I saw the pic. I love dayflowers too! The lack of a 3rd petal eliminates most other species from consideration, but does include C. communis.

http://plants.usda.gov/checklist.html
(Enter Commelina in the box at top, click the box for TX, click search, to see the species known to be present in TX.)
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