dayflower, spreading

COMMON NAME: Dayflower, spreading
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Commelina diffusa
FAMILY: Commelinaceae
FEATURES: Succulent non-grass monocot. Plant primarily glabrous except for sparse hairs along leaf edges.
Leaves ovate, opposite, and glabrous with a leaf sheath below the leaf similar to other monocot
plants. Flowers born in enclosed bract-like leaves. Flowers in parts of three with three petals.
However, lower third petal often not present. Flower <0.5 com and purple in color.
DESCRIPTION: Weed in turfgrass management and ornamental plants. More common in wet areas, such as low
areas, ditch banks, and poorly drained areas. Does not tolerate frequent mowing or heavy traffic.
Often confused with doveweed. Spreading dayflower has broader, larger leaves and is less tolerant
of mowing and management practices.

Broad View Patch of spreading dayflower

Broad View
Patch of spreading dayflower

Leaf Stem


Flower / Seed Head Flower

Flower / Seed Head