Asiatic dayflower

Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis). Photos: Betty Marose

Updated: July 26, 2021

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

Reproduction

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

Photos

Flower

Asiatic dayflower in bloom

Photo: Betty Marose

Stem

Asiatic dayflower stem

Photo: Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org

Seedling

Asiatic dayflower seedling

Photo: Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org

Management

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