What is this weed?

subtropixJuly 31, 2014

This is coming up all over the place. What is it. flowers are an attractive blue.
Thanks in advance. P.S., this is NJ, Zone 7.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

spiderwort. An ornamental that escapes. If you don't want it, remove & discard.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 6:54PM
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My guess is dayflower aka Commelina.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 9:44PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Definitely Commelina. Several species, both native and exotic, are known to be present in NJ.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 5:23PM
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Xtal(z8b Temple. TX)

Having an edible weed makes me think that the best eradication might be to eat them.

I've just pulled up all my Amaranth. Going to saute the leaves with onions. Can eat it as you would greens or use it in another quiche. With the cost of groceries going up, you can't beat something you don't have to water, tend to it, and it's free. I've had ladies over for our first Foraging Meal. Aun thing if you really enjoy gardening.

I believe the Spiderworth/Dayflower grows in clumps. So, it should be easy to dig up.


Here is a link that might be useful: Foraging Texas

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 10:47AM
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My first guess was also spiderwort (tradescantia). However, it does also look like dayflower. How many blue petals does the flower have -- 2 or 3?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 10:54AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

There are mislabeled plants at that link, xtal, and all unidentified regarding species. There are many Tradescantia species, some of them can give some people a contact dermatitis rash, like poison ivy, from getting the sap from inside the plant on their skin.

Dayflowers are various Commelina species. Please find a more reliable, detailed, and accurate resource for potentially tasting any plants!

Here is a link that might be useful: eattheweeds.com Commelina article

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 12:42PM
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