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Asiatic Dayflowers

These grow wild in my yard, they are so beautiful and they close up somewhat in the day and then open up at night. They last longer than a day when in water and grow very long!

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By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN

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July 30, 20120 found this helpful

Once you have these you cannot get rid of them. They come up everywhere. I pull and pull every year and cannot get rid of them. So beware before you plant, they are very invasive. I didn't plant mine, they came from seed from my neighbors plants.

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July 30, 20120 found this helpful

I thought these were deadly nightshade. I do think they are pretty, but berries are extremely toxic. I also pull them and pull them and they are invasive. A few is okay and I warn my kids the berries are bad, but they are older.

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July 30, 20120 found this helpful

It's called Wild Wandering Jew.

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July 30, 20120 found this helpful

If you want more information look on the net with its official latin name as keyword : commelina communis from the very large commelina family.

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July 31, 20120 found this helpful

Thank you for all the comments. :)

Here is where I identified them:
www.easttennesseewildflowers.com/.../view_photo.php?set_albumName=Summer...

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They are amazing because they have qualities that help detoxify the ground from lead and copper, etc. They bio-accumulate.

I just like them for their beauty. I have a fondness for wildflowers that grow like this one does, I have Morning Glories, they will take over worse than these will. Some consider these Asiatic Dayflowers to be noxious, and consider them weeds. I do not, I am so grateful to have them blooming in my yard. I do keep the animals away from them though.

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August 1, 20120 found this helpful

I thought they were called spider wort.

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June 23, 20130 found this helpful

One interesting thing about these flowers are that they can take up lead and other dangerous toxins from old sites that used to mine lead and other dangerous minerals and hold th em in their own plant stems and leaves. We should keep them in mind, for they do help the Earth that way!

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Another reason I like them is that they keep the temperature around them cooler.

They have taken over much of my yard but are very easy to pull up. They are invasive but easier to manage than the other weeds I finally eliminated from my yard.

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June 4, 20190 found this helpful

I just read they are edible raw or cooked

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