I have these spring up all the time in my yard, they are shade loving and they grow very lanky and tall. I always bring them in and root them and transplant them so I have them all the time in the yard. They close at night. In the buds, there are little balls that are the flowers.
By Robin F. from TN
My mom calls them "wandering jew". I've several in my yard.
Editor's Note: Wandering Jew is another name for several spiderwort varieties
That's a dayflower, probably Commelina communis, but there are many species.
I had a terrible problem with these for several years. They'd spring up everywhere (many thousands!) in my flower beds in the back yard. I finally got it under control, but still see one every now and then. I've heard them called Wandering Jew also. I've been told that they are a trillium, but I cannot verify that.
I hate those things, as Mrs. story said, they pop up everywhere. I have a whole patch I have to clean out.
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