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soapynurse
Dayton, VA

October 8, 2012
3:04 PM

Post #9299856

Found this plant in my garden the day before yesterday. Looks very much like a low growing Wandering Jew. I've never planted one anywhere near the location. Please, can ya'll help me?

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 8, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9299928

It is a relative of the Wandering Jew houseplant. It's called Dayflower- Tradescantia virginiana I think.
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 8, 2012
4:14 PM

Post #9299937

Dayflower is the correct common name but the genus is Commelina - not sure of the species because the pic is a bit blurry but it may be C. asiatica.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 8, 2012
4:41 PM

Post #9299958

Tom's right! I should have proposed Asiatic Dayflower and quit while I was ahead

Here, have fun
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/search.php?q=commelina&Search=Search PlantFiles

This message was edited Oct 8, 2012 6:44 PM
purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

October 9, 2012
9:24 AM

Post #9300574

Agree with Tom, probably http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/653/
There are native Commelinas also, and they are hard to distinguish from each other.

T. virginiana is a grassy-type native in the US, one of the plants commonly referred to as spiderwort.

Sally, you were right about them being related. Tradescantias are part of the Commelina family.

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