Fall Wildflowers of New England
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Asiatic dayflower
Commelina communis
F. Commelinaceae
General Description:

Asiatic dayflower is a strikingly beautiful creeper that grows to approximately 30-90 cm in length. It is easily recognizable by its distinctive, bilaterally symmetrical, deep blue flowers. The leaves are long and fleshy and are densely arranged along the length of a red-hued, robust, stem. The stems of this plant are reclining yet have erect branches atop which the flowers are positioned.

Commelina communis
Flowers:

The flowers of the Asiatic dayflower are relatively small, measuring approximately 1.5 cm. in width. This bilaterally symmetrical flower has six irregularly sized anthers and three petals: two, deep blue, upper petals and one lower, highly reduced, white petal. The base of this bloom is enfolded in a green, heart-shaped bract and is supported by three green sepals.

Leaves:

The leaves are relatively large, measuring 8-13 cm. in length, and are thick and fleshy. They are lanceolate in shape with pointed tips and blunt, clasping bases that form a sheath around the stem. The leaves are several and densely arranged.

Habitat:

Asiatic dayflower grows best in open and disturbed areas, and along roadsides and woodland borders.

Fun Facts:

The genus name of the asiatic dayflower was taken from the last name of three Dutch brothers named Commelin. Of these three brothers, two became accomplished botanists while the other died without accomplishment. This name is fitting as the two accomplished brothers are represented by the enlarged deep blue petals of the bloom and the other is represented by the highly reduced white petal.

Other names attributed to the asiatic dayflower include mouse flower because shape and positioning of the enlarged deep blue petals look like mouse ears.

This wildflower originates from Asia.

These spectacular blooms are transient. Of the flowers per plant, only a few open at a time and each bloom for only one day!

Commelina communis
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