Ground cover or weed

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Date Photo Taken: 07/16/2014
Location: West union, sc
Posted By: sherry1950


In my yard in full sun. Appears to be spreading. Weed or flower?


  1. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Weed or flower or food? Yes. Asiatic dayflower. I’ve never eaten them but this guy says their good

    July 18th, 2014 at 6:06 pm
  2. jake12121212 Flower Fanatic says:

    I used to consider the Asiatic Dayflower an aggressive weed, but thanks to Bobby’s link I think I will start weeding AND eating it.

    July 21st, 2014 at 12:43 am
  3. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    There’s a chance that you have the native dayflower, commelina erecta.
    I tell the native apart from the asiatic… By the roots that form on all the joints of the exotic invasive Asian type.

    If you have the native type, you should probably encourage it.
    I’m not having any luck with propagation from stem cuttings…

    July 21st, 2014 at 9:32 am
  4. jody Unregistered says:

    I still think its pretty and would not eat it I put it in a hanging pot ty

    August 9th, 2014 at 11:33 pm
  5. jake12121212 Flower Fanatic says:

    Compare :
    Commelina virginica
    Commelina erecta
    Commelina communis

    Major differences is the color of the small lower petal (blue or white) and whether the plant has a reclining or erect habit.
    Two are native and one is an alien.
    I guess there is no point of the erect ones reclining if the joints are not going to root. I am on the lookout for the two native species.

    August 10th, 2014 at 11:23 pm
  6. Sherry Tidwell Unregistered says:

    Thanks for all the good info.
    Ive been able to identify this plant as the native wildflower/herb commelina erecta. I wanted to let this beauty make a home in my rock garden but was hesitant that it might take over!
    Your time & knowledge is much appreciated.

    August 21st, 2014 at 10:47 am

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