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Whitemouth dayflower
Commelina erecta
Commelinaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A common but barely noticeable understory wildflower of open upland ecosystems.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Small creeping herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
Typically 3-12 inches in height. Spreading and forming small open or dense patches.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to fast.
Range:
Widespread in North America south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Rare in the Monroe County Keys.
Habitats:
Pinelands and coastal uplands.
Soils:
Moist to dry, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Two blue petals and one white petal.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy, about 1" wide; flowers are open in the morning.
Flowering Season:
All year; peak in summer.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Wilting flowers attract insects.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from cuttings and seed.
Comments:
Similar in appearance to the weedy exotic common dayflower.


 


Roger L. Hammer
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley