Photographer: Kitty Kohout
Commelina communis L.
Asiatic dayflower, common dayflower
Commelina: after the two Dutch botanists Johan (1629-1692) and his nephew Caspar (1667-1731) Commelin, known to Linnaeus and Charles Plumier, a French Franciscan monk, botanist and traveler who apparently named this flower.
communis: in Latin "common, general" and means growing in communities
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized|
|Plant: ||erect (then drooping), annual, 4"-14" tall forb; lax stems rooting from the lower nodes|
|Flower: ||blue, 3-parted, 1" wide, much smaller lower petal nearly white; folded bracts, below the flower, completely separated all the way to the base; blooms July-Sept.|
|Leaf:||mostly hairless sheath open at the base |
|Habitat: ||shade, semi-shade; moist; gardens, roadsides, disturbed areas|