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Common Dayflower    Commelina diffusa

The Common Dayflower, also known as the Climbing Dayflower, Creeping Dayflower and Spreading Dayflower, occurs throughout tropical and subtropical regions of the world.  It was introduced into the southeastern United States and is considered a nonnative plant.  It is found throughout the state of Florida.

This wildflower is found in moist woods and disturbed sites, such as roadsides, ditches and lawns.  It is a widely branching plant that grows along the ground and roots at the stem nodes.  The stems can grow to a length of 3 feet.  The smooth and shiny lance-shaped leaves are attached alternately and sheathe the succulent stems.

The small solitary flowers are about 0.75-1 inch wide.  They have 3 broad blue petals with the upper 2 petals slightly larger than the lower petal.  In Florida, they bloom year round.  However, individual blooms last only a day.

The images on this page were taken in my yard in Deep Creek, Charlotte County.

Additional information on this plant may be found by clicking on the following links:

Atlas of Florida Plants

USDA PLANTS Database

Flora of North America

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center