Asiatic dayflower

Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis). Photos: Betty Marose

Updated: February 27, 2023

Life cycle

Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis) is a non-native annual plant. It is a monocot but resembles a dicot.

Growth habit

Lanceolate leaves with parallel veins and no petioles; leaf blades clasp stem at base; stems and leaves fleshy


Flowers have 2 large blue petals above a smaller white petal; flowers only live for one day

Conditions that favor growth

Ditches, low lying moist areas



Asiatic dayflower in bloom

Photo: Betty Marose


Asiatic dayflower stem

Photo: Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University,


Asiatic dayflower seedling

Photo: Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University,


Hand-pull before the plant grows large, making sure to remove all stem fragments; improve drainage.

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