Commelina elegans Kunth.
Commelina hirtella Vahl
Common Name: Slender Day-Flower
Close-up of the flower
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Slender day-flower is an erect or decumbent perennial plant with slender stems arising from a cluster of fleshy-fibrous roots[
]. It can range in height from 40 - 120 cm tall[
The plant is occasionally harvested from the wild for its edible root, and is often grown as an ornamental in gardens[
Northern S. America from Peru north through Central America to southern and eastern N. America.
Loamy or sandy soils or rocky slopes in woods and openings[
]. Moist or wet thickets or forest, often a weed in cultivated ground, at elevations of 1,300 metres or lower, most common at the lower elevations[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Plants can succeed in a wide range of climatic conditions ranging from tropical to temperate[
Prefers a light well-drained loam with added leafmold[
]. Succeeds in an ordinary, reasonably moist soil in a sunny position with some shelter[
A polymorphic plant[
The plant is emollient and vulnerary. It is used in the treatment of wounds[
]. A decoction is used as an external wash for mycoses[
]. It is macerated in rum and then rubbed on spider bites to bring relief[
The sap is used as an oral contraceptive[
Seed - sow March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 4 - 5 weeks at 20°c[
]. 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[
Cuttings during the growing season. Very easy[
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