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Dayflowers (Commelina)
Dayflowers can be either annual or perennial herbs, and the flowers can be a range of colors but are typically blue. This genus got its common name because of the short lifespan of its showy flowers, which bloom in the morning. These species are primarily found in tropical areas.
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Key Facts About Dayflowers

Attributes of Dayflowers

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Semi-evergreen

Scientific Classification of Dayflowers

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Distribution of Dayflowers

Distribution Map of Dayflowers

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Exploring the Dayflowers Plants

8 most common species:
Commelina communis
Asiatic dayflower
The asiatic dayflower is an annual creeper that is classified as an invasive species in many areas. Known for its beautiful blooms that only last one day, the asiatic dayflower has spread throughout much of the world. It is used in Japan and China to create blue and green pigments.
Commelina erecta
White mouth dayflower
White mouth dayflower (Commelina erecta) is a perennial wildflower found in coastal uplands, scrub habitats, and pinelands. The flower consists of two large petals situated right at the top of the stem. These blooms are purplish-blue, and there's a much smaller white petal below these two. This is why the flower has "White Mouth" in its name.
Commelina cyanea
Scurvy weed
Scurvy weed (Commelina cyanea) is a perennial native to the woodlands of eastern Australia, where it grows best in shaded, moist soil. The leaves are edible and were used as a source of vitamin C, hence the plant’s common name. In the warmer months, it produces cyan-colored flowers that are very attractive to bees and other pollinators.
Commelina benghalensis
Wandering Jew
Wandering Jew has been introduced to North America where it is considered a noxious weed. It can be highly invasive - spreading across crops and pastures, outcompeting more desirable plants.
Commelina diffusa
Climbing dayflower
The climbing dayflower can be used as a sprawling groundcover with light blue flowers that attract bees and butterflies. However, it spreads easily when nodes on its small branches touch the soil and begin to root. Since it can spread aggressively, it is sometimes seen as an invasive weed that is treated with herbicide.
Commelina coelestis
Commelina
Commelina coelestis is commonly known as commelina and is distinguished by its small blue flowers. The plants grow along the ground in a sprawling habit and survive in moist habitats. The flowers of this plant fade quickly.
Commelina virginica
Virginia dayflower
Virginia dayflower (Commelina virginica) is indigenous to the mid-eastern and southeastern parts of the United States. Virginia dayflower is a species that loves water. Therefore, you’ll find it in soggy places like muddy swamps, swift-flowing rivers, and freshwater marshes.
Commelina dianthifolia
Birdbill dayflower
Birdbill dayflower (Commelina dianthifolia) is a pretty blue-flowered plant that is grown ornamentally. It is slightly frost-tolerant and since it isn't very tall it is best grown towards the front of beds and borders, in containers, or in rock gardens. The Ramah Navajo Native Americans fed this plant to their livestock as an aphrodisiac.

All Species of Dayflowers

Asiatic dayflower
Commelina communis
Asiatic dayflower
The asiatic dayflower is an annual creeper that is classified as an invasive species in many areas. Known for its beautiful blooms that only last one day, the asiatic dayflower has spread throughout much of the world. It is used in Japan and China to create blue and green pigments.
White mouth dayflower
Commelina erecta
White mouth dayflower
White mouth dayflower (Commelina erecta) is a perennial wildflower found in coastal uplands, scrub habitats, and pinelands. The flower consists of two large petals situated right at the top of the stem. These blooms are purplish-blue, and there's a much smaller white petal below these two. This is why the flower has "White Mouth" in its name.
Scurvy weed
Commelina cyanea
Scurvy weed
Scurvy weed (Commelina cyanea) is a perennial native to the woodlands of eastern Australia, where it grows best in shaded, moist soil. The leaves are edible and were used as a source of vitamin C, hence the plant’s common name. In the warmer months, it produces cyan-colored flowers that are very attractive to bees and other pollinators.
Wandering Jew
Commelina benghalensis
Wandering Jew
Wandering Jew has been introduced to North America where it is considered a noxious weed. It can be highly invasive - spreading across crops and pastures, outcompeting more desirable plants.
Climbing dayflower
Commelina diffusa
Climbing dayflower
The climbing dayflower can be used as a sprawling groundcover with light blue flowers that attract bees and butterflies. However, it spreads easily when nodes on its small branches touch the soil and begin to root. Since it can spread aggressively, it is sometimes seen as an invasive weed that is treated with herbicide.
Commelina
Commelina coelestis
Commelina
Commelina coelestis is commonly known as commelina and is distinguished by its small blue flowers. The plants grow along the ground in a sprawling habit and survive in moist habitats. The flowers of this plant fade quickly.
Virginia dayflower
Commelina virginica
Virginia dayflower
Virginia dayflower (Commelina virginica) is indigenous to the mid-eastern and southeastern parts of the United States. Virginia dayflower is a species that loves water. Therefore, you’ll find it in soggy places like muddy swamps, swift-flowing rivers, and freshwater marshes.
Birdbill dayflower
Commelina dianthifolia
Birdbill dayflower
Birdbill dayflower (Commelina dianthifolia) is a pretty blue-flowered plant that is grown ornamentally. It is slightly frost-tolerant and since it isn't very tall it is best grown towards the front of beds and borders, in containers, or in rock gardens. The Ramah Navajo Native Americans fed this plant to their livestock as an aphrodisiac.
Commelina communis var. ludens
Commelina communis var. ludens
Commelina communis var. ludens
Commelina communis var. ludens was traditionally used in the famous Japanese aigami paper from the Yamada village to make a blue pigment used to dye the paper. It was originally thought to be its own species until it was demoted down to just a variation of Commelina instead. Nowadays, however, commelina communis var. ludens is considered to be invasive in parts of North America where it has been introduced.
Yellow commelina
Commelina africana
Yellow commelina
Brighten up your garden with the vibrant yellow flowers of the yellow commelina. This native African plant attracts bees and butterflies.
Commelina auriculata
Commelina auriculata
Commelina auriculata
Commelina auriculata can be either annual or perennial herbs, and the flowers can be a range of colors but are typically blue. This genus got its common name because of the short lifespan of its showy flowers, which bloom in the morning. These species are primarily found in tropical areas.
Swamp dayflower
Commelina paludosa
Swamp dayflower
Swamp dayflower can be either annual or perennial herbs, and the flowers can be a range of colors but are typically blue. This genus got its common name because of the short lifespan of its showy flowers, which bloom in the morning. These species are primarily found in tropical areas.
Scurvy grass
Commelina ensifolia
Scurvy grass
Scurvy grass can be either annual or perennial herbs, and the flowers can be a range of colors but are typically blue. This genus got its common name because of the short lifespan of its showy flowers, which bloom in the morning. These species are primarily found in tropical areas.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
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Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
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Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
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Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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Commelina
Dayflowers can be either annual or perennial herbs, and the flowers can be a range of colors but are typically blue. This genus got its common name because of the short lifespan of its showy flowers, which bloom in the morning. These species are primarily found in tropical areas.
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Plant Type
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info

Key Facts About Dayflowers

Attributes of Dayflowers

Leaf type
Semi-evergreen

Scientific Classification of Dayflowers

distribution

Distribution of Dayflowers

Distribution Map of Dayflowers

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Native
Cultivated
Invasive
Potentially invasive
Exotic
No species reported
species

Exploring the Dayflowers Plants

8 most common species:
Commelina communis
Asiatic dayflower
The asiatic dayflower is an annual creeper that is classified as an invasive species in many areas. Known for its beautiful blooms that only last one day, the asiatic dayflower has spread throughout much of the world. It is used in Japan and China to create blue and green pigments.
Commelina erecta
White mouth dayflower
White mouth dayflower (Commelina erecta) is a perennial wildflower found in coastal uplands, scrub habitats, and pinelands. The flower consists of two large petals situated right at the top of the stem. These blooms are purplish-blue, and there's a much smaller white petal below these two. This is why the flower has "White Mouth" in its name.
Commelina cyanea
Scurvy weed
Scurvy weed (Commelina cyanea) is a perennial native to the woodlands of eastern Australia, where it grows best in shaded, moist soil. The leaves are edible and were used as a source of vitamin C, hence the plant’s common name. In the warmer months, it produces cyan-colored flowers that are very attractive to bees and other pollinators.
Commelina benghalensis
Wandering Jew
Wandering Jew has been introduced to North America where it is considered a noxious weed. It can be highly invasive - spreading across crops and pastures, outcompeting more desirable plants.
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All Species of Dayflowers

popular genus

More Popular Genus

Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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