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Dayflower

Commelina spp.

Also known as

Blue spiderwort, Widow's tears

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

10cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of a white Commelina flower
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A yellow Commelina  flower with some green leaves

Dayflower Overview

The genus Commelina contains around 215 species of clumping, perennial herbaceous plants commonly known as dayflowers because of their short flower lifespan. They are often grown as annuals, producing flowers one at a time, that last less than a day. Flowers are small, 3-petalled, 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 which is also often coloured differently to the top petals. Flowers come in a range of colours including blue, purple, yellow, pink and white.

Common problems with Dayflower

How to propagate Dayflower

Cuttings

Division

Seed

Special features of Dayflower

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves