Commelina erecta
(Slender Dayflower)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Slender Dayflower, Whitemouth Dayflower, Widow's Tears, Dayflower
    Lifespan: Annual or Perennial
    Zones: 5 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - September
    Status: Native

Commelina erecta, or Slender Dayflower, is native to much of the southern United States, as well as parts of the central and midwestern US. It can be annual or perennial, and occurs in fields, roadsides, lawns, waste areas, in yards and in open woods, and woodland edges. There are four native species of Commelina in the US, as well as several non-native species.

Commelina erecta can best be distinguished by several features:

  • It has 2 major petals, not 3
  • Its stamens do not have black dots on them
  • Its petals are round-shaped, not spade-shaped
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