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Scrub Dayflower (Commelina erecta)

Scrub Dayflower

Scrub dayflower is a perennial in the spiderwort family that occurs in dry, sandy habitats throughout Florida and the southeast. It is often common in Florida scrub. Scrub dayflower tends to clamber up and through stronger shrubs, and that way may reach 3-4' in height though it could never support itself. The dainty flowers (about 2" across) have three petals: two blue, and a tiny white one at the bottom. The flowers appear throughout the year, usually withering before midmorning in the scrub's intense heat. Gopher tortoises relish the foliage, bees and wasps visit the flowers, and songbirds eat the seeds.


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