Texas Gardening forum: Collecting seeds from Dayflower/Widow's Tears

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
Mar 27, 2018 7:28 AM CST
I've got several good sized patches of these growing in my backyard. They've been coming back for several years now however I never realized what they were until I asked on the Plant ID forum and got some ideas as to the name. After looking it up at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center site https://www.wildflower.org/gal... I see that it would be perfect for growing under the large non-flowering Mulberry tree I have in my front yard. Nothing else will grow under it due to the shade it puts out.

My question is does anyone know how to go about collecting seeds from this plant? I'm going to try to transplant some of it after this rainy spell we have coming up but would also like to have some seeds on hand. Here's what I have in my back yard.


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Chris
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Mar 27, 2018 7:54 AM CST
I don't know about collecting seeds, but you won't have any trouble moving/transplanting it. If, in the future, you should change your mind, you will be out of luck. It's one the rare true blue flowers and is an attractive plant to me and can be spectacular when it's blooming, but I've never been able to get rid of it when it grows where I don't want it and it's quite efficient at spreading around into places where I don't want it, so I'm sure it must spread from seeds. It grows from a rather long fleshy root and apparently even a small piece of that root that is left will regrow into a plant. It breaks off easily when you attempt to pull it, so I find it impossible to remove.

I'm not sure where it came from here. I have a whole pasture that I walk around in and yet I've never seen it growing anywhere except here at the house, so I suspect it got transported in somehow or the other. I do like it well enough that sometimes I just let it grow rampant even when it's among other plants. Here's a photo of my Commelina 'Dayflower' that grows here. It's accurate for the color here which appears more blue than in your photo. I think there may be a more purple version of it.
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Donald
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
Mar 27, 2018 8:04 AM CST
Thanks Donald, that's a beautiful color of blue. I've only found a few plants that will grow under this tree, Lambs Ear for one and I've also got a large Lantana and a small creeping Lantana that is growing. Everything else under it are weeds. I think these would be great to add some color to the front yard.
Chris
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Mar 27, 2018 8:09 AM CST
I do think it will grow under the tree. It grows under the oak trees here - and in the sun and in the grass. It does like H2O and grows aggressively when the soil is kept reasonably moist all the time. E.g., the flower beds nodding . If it were to ever get an someone's daylily beds, you'd never be able to extract it even by lifting and washing the daylily. The roots look too similar.
Donald
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
Mar 27, 2018 9:24 AM CST
Thanks Donald, I notice here in my backyard it's flourishing even without any watering. I've got nothing to lose so I'll give it a try.
Chris
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Composter Butterflies Bookworm Bluebonnets Daylilies
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piksihk
Mar 27, 2018 11:36 AM CST
Chris @chris1948,
I agree with Donald; can't get rid of it even when you want to!
Nice picture, Donald.

I sighted them on a trip to Bethy Creek at Lake Livingston 20 yrs ago; and brought a piece home, and still to this day, it is growing without much help from me. I've been yanking them out of the bed.

I put some wedelia under my pecan tree and it has taken off...if you need yellow flowers, LMK, I'll send you some for postage. I obtained these years ago from our soccer field (there was a home that was used by our school district before it was torn down). I found wedelia and white Americanum crinums there.




While the earth remains, Seed time and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. Gen. 8:22
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
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chris1948
Mar 27, 2018 2:47 PM CST
@piksihk - mine come back year after year also without any help. I just really noticed how pretty they are this year and decided to put some in front. I might just take you up on your offer, I'll have to see how well these fill in the bare spot.
Chris

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