Common Dayflower

30 Aug

The rain this year has been good for the Common Dayflower. It is not a true native, and grows wild in many lawns (especially mine!). It spreads along the ground and roots easily, making it hard to eliminate from the landscape. But the tiny blue blossoms make what remain a bit more welcoming!

There is a native Dayflower, but it has 2 blue flower petals, with the third one white.

Common Dayflower - Commelina diffusa

 

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2 Responses to “Common Dayflower”

  1. Jenny August 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    Is this similar to what some people call “wandering jew”? I think have it growing in my yard too. It is pretty but grows and spreads fast.

    I do have another flower that is pretty but is growing all over my yard. I don’t have turf, only mulch, flowers and shrubs so it is easy to see but I don’t know what it is. I should take a picture and post. It has pretty little yellow flowers and is difficult to pull up. Does anyone know what it is? The leaves are dark green and have ridges. Thanks for the post.

    • FlaScenics August 31, 2011 at 10:55 am #

      Wandering jew is a different plant in the same family. Wandering jew does have a solid green variety with white flowers, but mostly it is silvery with purple stripes on the leaves. It can be VERY invasive. My neighbors planted it in their yard & I’m constantly trying to keep it out of mine. Your yellow flower sounds like Hawks-beard.

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