March 30, 2012

Commelina

Here's a blue flower blooming in my yard that isn't a bluebonnet for once:




Ok, so I ran a few google searches and figured out this is a Commelina, but the problem is I don't know the species.  It grows quite erect to about 2' tall and forms a clump similar to purple cone flower.  I've seen this growing around the neighborhood in Central Texas, and usually I only see it in the spring.  Anyone know?  I suspect Commelina erecta.



14 comments:

  1. I am thinking off the top of my head that one might be an electric blue but I can't remember the formal name for it. It's a beautiful blue flower and the photos really do it justice. I love the stuff that pops up in the spring!

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    1. Thanks! And I also love "surprise" spring flowers!

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  2. Commelina communis, the Asiatic dayflower, grows rampant in northern Illinois. It's so pretty and I let it mostly do what it wants in my garden. It's a sprawling plant, though, not clumpy or erect.
    The one you want is probably on this page: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=COMME

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    1. I saw the communis, but this one definitely isn't a sprawling plant. I guess it might be Commelina erecta. The communis is quite pretty, and I can definitely see why you'd let it grow.

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  3. It's pretty and after last summer, any spring flowers are a welcome sight! Sorry I can't help with the ID...

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    1. Agreed! But I think spring annuals are the easiest to grow here because of the milder weather and increased rain. Still... it's nice to have something pretty before super summer sets in. :)

      Thanks!

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  4. What a cute flower!!! Sorry...don't know name at all. Nice to have in your yard though~~~ :)

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    1. I definitely won't complain about it taking residence. I moved one to the new side plot, and I'm hoping it doesn't die from shock.

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  5. I have no clue, but it is a very pretty flower. Nice macro too. Thanks for the link on my site, people are clicking it.

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    1. Thanks!

      And oops, sorry if it's pulling readers from your blog! I just thought it was a fun link.

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  6. What a lovely flower - and such a great shade of blue. Need to see if it will grow in zone 7 with high humidity. I have just the spot in mind .... thanks.

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    1. If it helps, it's incredibly humid here which surprises most people because we don't get all that much rain.

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  7. Reminds me of a clown face. Never seen anything like it.

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    1. It's a pretty strange plant, and I'm glad I took the macro because I had no idea all of that was going on in there!

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