Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: 12-18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Uses: Groundcover
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem

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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-24-09
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2015-07-02
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2010-07-12
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-24-09
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Location: Photo taken in west central IowaDate: Spring 2011photo shows size of bloom
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Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Location: Canoga Park, CaliforniaDate: 2012-09-12
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: 2011-09-20Grows best in shady damp soil in zone 7a
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-24-09
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-08-29
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Location: Test garden Date: 2017-07-14
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Date: 2020-04-18
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: Summer 2011Grows well in damp shaded areas.
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2011-10-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-08-11
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Location: Tarlton
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2011-10-22
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Location: Fountain, Florida
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-05-12
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-05-12
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-08-07
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Comments:
Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 20, 2011 7:07 PM

The Asiatic Dayflower is native to most of East Asia and the Northern parts of Southeast Asia but has been introduced to other areas of the world. It is considered a noxious weed in many areas and has become common in disturbed sites, lawns and other areas of moist soil. The plant can be erect or spreading and has smooth, hairless stems. The flowers are borne from summer through fall on 1" to 2" stalks; blooms have two large bright blue upper petals and one lower pale white petal.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 1, 2011 4:32 AM

a 'pretty weed' in my estimation...

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Posted by Maridell (Sioux City IA - Zone 4b) on Mar 17, 2012 8:28 AM

Asiatic Dayflower Medicinal use: Tea relieves sore throat and cold symptoms. (from Pocket Tutor Guide - Waterford Press)

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