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Common Name: Slender Day-Flower
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Fritzflohrreynolds
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Commelina erecta is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
South-eastern N. America - Pennsylvania to Florida and Texas.
Loamy or sandy soils or rocky slopes in woods and openings[
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[
This species is not very winter hardy, the roots are best dug up in autumn and stored like dahlias in a cool frost free place and then planted out in spring[
]. When grown in a light well-drained soil and mulched well, the roots usually survive the winter outdoors[
Seed - sow early spring 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[