Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Commelinales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Check out EDDMapS.org to see where this has been reported.
Learn more about Spreading Dayflower from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Spreading Dayflower, Creeping Dayflower
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April Osceola County FL
Stem decumbent or repent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
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Two large upper petals and a very small blue lower petal, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
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Spathes are sickle-shaped (falcate) and their margins are not fused, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.
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September Monroe County MI
Leaf blades 1.5-5cm long × 0.5-1cm wide (rarely to 8 × 2.2cm), per Weakley's Flora (2020).
Non-native: Old World
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Look for it on roadsides, in fields, disturbed ground, per Weakley's Flora
3 sepals, the lateral two partly united
3 petals, the upper two large and the lowest smaller
3 fertile stamens, 3 sterile stamens
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States p158
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p342
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p394
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains p005
- Weeds of Southern Turfgrasses p010