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Virginia Dayflower
Commelina virginica

This flower has a close cousin, the Whitemouth Dayflower, however I’m pretty sure this is the Virginia Dayflower. Correct me if I’m wrong!

A member of the spiderwort family. I had to look that up – because how on earth does something get called a spiderwort?? Well, if you cut the stem of a plant in the spiderwort family, “a viscous stem secretion is released which becomes threadlike and silky upon hardening (like a spider’s web), hence the common name” according to Missouri Botanical Garden’s Plantfinder. Fascinating! I’ll have to try that next time I see this bright blue flower.

A plant with the name dayflower blooms only for a single day: they open in the morning and are closed and finished blooming by the end of the day. However dayflowers are usually profuse bloomers, so they have plenty of blooms during their season, even if each only lasts one day.

Size: 6-18"
Family: Commelinaceae (Spiderwort Family) 
Habitat: Wet places, especially swamps, river and stream banks, ditches, and bottomlands.
Identifiers: Perennial flower is a bright medium blue, blooming mostly in spring or fall but occasionally occurring in July and August.
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