Commelina diffusa – Climbing Dayflower

Commelina diffusa - Climbing Dayflower, Spreading Dayflower, Day Flower

Commelina diffusa - Climbing Dayflower, Spreading Dayflower, Day Flower

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Commelina diffusa

Common Names: Climbing Dayflower, Spreading Dayflower, Day Flower

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual, Perennial

Growth Habit: Herb/Forb

Hawaii Native Status: Introduced. This naturalized plant is native to tropical Asia, but it is now found worldwide in tropical areas.

Flower Color: Blue

Height: To 1 foot (30 cm) tall

Description: The small, but attractive flowers emerge from a folded, green spathe and have 3 blue, sparkling petals. The lower petal is smaller than the 2 upper petals. The leaves are bright green and alternate with narrowly to broadly lance-shaped leaf blades and leaf sheaths that wrap the stems. The fleshy stems are decumbent and will root at the nodes.

Here in Hawaii, Climbing Dayflower is a weed in disturbed areas, in pastures, and along roadsides in moderately wet areas.

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass: Commelinidae
Order: Commelinales
Family: Commelinaceae – Spiderwort family
Genus: Commelina L. – dayflower
Species: Commelina diffusa Burm. f. – climbing dayflower

More About This Plant

Hawaii County Distribution Map