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Commelina communis - L.
                 
Common Name Day Flower, Asiatic dayflower
Family Commelinaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Partly shaded grassy places, cultivated fields and roadsides usually in moist places all over Japan[58, 147].
Range E. Asia - S. China, Japan, India.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Commelina communis Day Flower, Asiatic dayflower


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Commelina communis Day Flower, Asiatic dayflower
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Physical Characteristics
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Commelina communis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from Jul to September, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have 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.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves, flowers and young shoots - raw or cooked[2, 105, 177]. Chopped finely and added to salads or cooked as a potherb[183]. A sweet taste with a mucilaginous texture[179].
Medicinal Uses


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Antibacterial;  Astringent;  Depurative;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge.

The leaves are depurative, diuretic and febrifuge[116, 147]. Used as a throat gargle to relieve sore throats and tonsilitis[116, 266]. A decoction of the dried plant is used to treat bleeding, diarrhoea, fever etc[218]. Extracts of the plant show antibacterial activity[218].
Other Uses
Dye.

A bright blue dye is obtained from the petals[74].
Cultivation details
Prefers a light well-drained loam with added leafmold[1, 42]. Requires a sheltered position[42]. This species is commonly cultivated as a vegetable in China[2]. The plant can be invasive[42], the stems sprawling along the ground and rooting as they go[K].
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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Other Names
Asiatic Dayflower, Day Flower, A tor, Danzhuye, Duck's tongue plant, Gangi gadda, Kannang keeray, Miandazi, Rau trai, Spider wort, Thai lai trang, Yashecao, Zhuyecao,
Found In
Native distribution includes East Asia and Southeast Asia including China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, the Russian Far East, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Within China it is found in all provinces except Qinghai, Hainan, Xinjiang, and Tibet. Introduced to Europe and eastern North America. Now found from Central Europe well into western Russia. Present in Ontario and Quebec in Canada, and in most of the eastern and central American states from Massachusetts and New York in the northeast, west to Minnesota and south through the Great Plains to Texas and east to extreme northern Florida in the United States.
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

This plant can be weedy or invasive. Introduced to central and southeastern Europe and eastern North America where it has spread to become a noxious weed.
Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Commelina coelestisBlue Spider Wort, Commelina20
Commelina dianthifoliaBirdbill Dayflower21
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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