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Commelina virginica - L.

Common Name Virginia Day-Flower
Family Commelinaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet places, especially swamps, river and stream banks, ditches, and bottomlands in shade or full sun[270].
Range Southern N. America. Naturalized in Europe in S. Italy[50].
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Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Commelina virginica Virginia Day-Flower


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Commelina virginica Virginia Day-Flower
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Commelina virginica is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft). It is in flower from June to August, 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

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root
Edible Uses:

Tubers - cooked. Rich in starch, but with a fairly bland flavour. Edible leaves[105].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a light fairly dry well-drained loam with added leafmold[42]. Prefers a sunny position with some shelter[164]. Plants are not very winter hardy in Britain, the roots are best dug up in autumn and stored like dahlias in a cool frost free place[1]. When grown in a light well-drained soil and mulched well, the roots usually survive the winter outdoors. The roots of this plant do not seem to be tuberous, the plant seems to be more like an annual[K].

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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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Commelina coelestisBlue Spider Wort, Commelina20
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Commelina elliptica 20
Commelina erectaSlender Day-Flower, Whitemouth dayflower20
Commelina erecta angustifoliaWhitemouth Dayflower21
Commelina tuberosaCommelina20
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