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(Zone 7a)
Aug 4, 2015 11:02 PM CST
This grows on the side of my house - very shaded. I looked at pics of wild sweet peas but they just "aren't right". Reminds me of a house plant my aunt used to have that she called Moses in a Cradle. Went to my local garden center and was told "it's a weed". I said, "But it's so pretty!" the reply was, "It's a WEED!" (I'm friends with the informant, LOL)

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Name: Myriam Vandenberghe
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Aug 5, 2015 5:27 AM CST
Commelina sp.
Looks like Commelina erecta..but I'm not sure it could grow in your zone 7a..
Day flower (Commelina erecta)
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Aug 5, 2015 5:39 AM CST
I agree, I is Commelina, probably C. erecta. Some people consider it a weed others like myself don't.

(Zone 6a)
Aug 5, 2015 5:39 AM CST
Commelina erecta for sure, and it grows in 7a, I've seen it in my friend's yard in Virginia.
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Aug 5, 2015 7:29 AM CST
@Shell, not quite enough detail in this pic to determine species, at least to my eyes. You should be able to tell by looking closely in person. C. erecta's 3rd petal has 2 points, like an upside-down V. There's also usually a slight fuzziness on the sheath that covers the flowers. A native in USA.
Day flower (Commelina erecta)

The other option would be C. communis. It's 3rd petal comes to a single point, and has a little brown dot in the middle of the 2 larger yellow things. Not native in USA.
Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis)
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