Dayflower

LATIN NAME
Commelina erecta

LONGEVITY
Perennial

SEASON
Warm

ORIGIN
Native

DETAILS
• Known as “Erect dayflower”, also known as “Widow’s tears.” When the spathe of this plant is squeezed, it produces a drop of liquid, hence the name “Widow’s Tears”.
• Reaches heights of 6 to 18 inches, and then usually bends over to spread outwards up to three feet.
• Flowers May to October with two larger blue petals, one small colorless petal and three yellow stamens.
• An important food for white-tailed deer, who consume the leaves and stems.
• Seeds are eaten by bobwhite quail, white-winged doves and mourning doves.
• Livestock also eat this plant.

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