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Commelina dianthifolia - Delile.

Common Name Birdbill Dayflower
Family Commelinaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocky soils in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico[270].
Range South-western N. America.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Commelina dianthifolia Birdbill Dayflower


Patrick J. Alexander @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Commelina dianthifolia Birdbill Dayflower
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Commelina dianthifolia is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

The following use is for the closely related C. tuberosa, but is also probably appropriate for this species[K]. Tubers - cooked. Rich in starch[105, 177], but with a fairly bland flavour.

Medicinal Uses

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Aphrodisiac  TB

An infusion of the plant is used as an aphrodisiac[207] and as a strengthener for weakened patients with tuberculosis[257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a light well-drained loam with added leafmold[42]. Succeeds in an ordinary, reasonably moist soil in a sunny position with some shelter[164]. Plants are hardy to about -10°c if the roots are protected from freezing[187]. It is probably best to dig up the roots in autumn and store them like dahlias in a cool frost free place[200]. When grown in a light well-drained soil and mulched well, the roots usually survive the winter outdoors[1]. This species is closely related to C. tuberosa[200]. The flowers are very ephemeral, individual flowers only living for a few hours[266].

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Propagation

Seed - sow March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 4 - 5 weeks at 20°c[164]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in early spring. Make sure that each portion has at least one growing bud[111, K]. Cuttings during the growing season. Very easy[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Commelina coelestisBlue Spider Wort, Commelina20
Commelina communisDay Flower, Asiatic dayflower32
Commelina elliptica 20
Commelina erectaSlender Day-Flower, Whitemouth dayflower20
Commelina erecta angustifoliaWhitemouth Dayflower21
Commelina tuberosaCommelina20
Commelina virginicaVirginia Day-Flower20
Tradescantia virginianaSpiderwort, Virginia spiderwort21

 

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