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Commelina communis

 
Commelina communis
asiatic dayflower
Commelina communis

Common name asiatic dayflower
Family commelinaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers blue (summer)
Size 6-12"
Light sun-part shade

This appeared in a place where we once grew Commelina dianthifolia (bird's bill dayflower); it took some time for me to realize that what grows there now is a different species, and I have no idea how it got there. Relative to the bird's bill, this one is missing the third, lower petal. Another similar species is C. erecta, but its stamens are all yellow, without the prominent dark centers for this species from Asia. In any case, it's pretty nice for a volunteer wildflower. It can stay for now.

asiatic dayflower
Quite the mass of willowy leaves, dotted with cheerful clear blue flowers

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area:

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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