Birdbill Dayflower (Commelina dianthifolia)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Birdbill Dayflower
Commelina dianthifolia

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    An infusion of the plant is used as an aphrodisiac[207] and as a strengthener for weakened patients with tuberculosis[257].

  • Edible Use

    The following use is for the closely related C. tuberosa, but is also probably appropriate for this species[K].

    Tubers – cooked. Rich in starch[105, 177], but with a fairly bland flavour.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 4 – 5 weeks at 20¡c[164]. 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[111, K]. Cuttings during the growing season. Very easy[200].
Prefers a light well-drained loam with added leafmold[42]. Succeeds in an ordinary, reasonably moist soil in a sunny position with some shelter[164]. Plants are hardy to about -10¡c if the roots are protected from freezing[187]. It is probably best to dig up the roots in autumn and store them like dahlias in a cool frost free place[200]. When grown in a light well-drained soil and mulched well, the roots usually survive the winter outdoors[1]. This species is closely related to C. tuberosa[200]. The flowers are very ephemeral, individual flowers only living for a few hours[266].
South-western N. America.

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