Wednesday's Wildflower Whitemouth Dayflower
submitted by Beryn Harty, Miami Dade Chapter
Commelina erecta, photo by Beryn Harty, Roadside, Ramrod Key, FL
The typical habitat for Whitemouth Dayflower is scrubs and dry upland sites. The pollination strategy is complex: The bright yellow anthers have no pollen but attract bees who are dusted by the pollen on the smaller, less visible anthers. Insects and birds will also eat the small seeds.
Commelina erecta is named for three Dutch botanist brothers, the Commelijns. Erecta means upright.
Beryn Harty is a member of Miami-Dade Chapter FNPS as there is no current Keys chapter. She lives full time on Ramrod Key.
Genus/Species: Commelina erecta
Common Name(s): Whitemouth Dayflower, Slender dayflower
Hardiness zone: Many
Soil Type: well drained, sandy or limestone
Preferred Sun: Full
Height at maturity: 3” to about 12”
Propagation: It can be grown from cutting or seeds and works nicely as a sparse ground cover intermingled with other blooms.
|White morph, by Donna Bollenbach|
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