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A picture of a Benghal Dayflower

Benghal Dayflower

Commelina benghalensis

Also known as

Tropical Spiderwort

Commelina benghalensis W IMG 1549 by J.M.Garg (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Benghal Dayflower Overview

Commelina benghalensis is a clumping, perennial species commonly known by the name dayflower because of their short flower lifespan. They are often grown as annuals, producing flowers one at a time, that last for a short time. The flowers are small, 3-petalled, blue, saucer-shaped and encased in a spathe-like modified leaf structure. Flower structure is only symmetrical in one plane, with the petals differing in size and shape across the flower, with two larger top petals and a reduced lower petal. Once known by the common name 'Wandering Jew', this name is no longer used by the horticultural world and is provided for historical purposes only.

How to propagate Benghal Dayflower

Cuttings

Division

Seed

Special features of Benghal Dayflower

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Wet sites

Other uses of Benghal Dayflower

Other uses

Edible

Medicinal