is this some kind of orchid?

nymiekat(5PA)September 14, 2008

I found this flower in the woods on a trail ride. I know it is a little blurry, but I would love to know if anyone has seen one, or might know what it is

Here is a link that might be useful: blue orchid?

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ncwildflower(5b)

It looks like Tradescanthia (Spiderwort) to me.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2008 at 8:10PM
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amelanchier(NY)

Tradescantia seems likely to me as well. I just wanted to point out that it's a big no-no to pick native wildflowers. Especially rare ones. Especially orchids.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2008 at 10:04AM
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kimka(Zone 6B)

Most likely it is tropical spiderwort a very invasive exotic weed. If that is what it is, feel free to remove as much of it as you can as it forms think stands that crowd natives out.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2008 at 1:50PM
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ncrescue

No. Athough it is in the spiderwort family, it is Commelina communis, Asiatic dayflower. There is a native one, but it has all petals blue, whereas the alien one has the white petal, as you can see in your photo. They have been especially prolific in my area this year.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2008 at 5:44PM
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esofva(7b VA)

It is the asiatic dayflower. I made the bad mistake of bringing home and planting this "pretty flower"! OH WOE!!! It spreads everywhere!! All over my flower beds, in the garden and down the hill!!!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2008 at 4:59PM
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timestocome(8b)

I agree Asiatic Daylily. One showed in my yard in the spring and I've been hauling out bucketfuls every week since. I wouldn't bring one home. :D

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 6:59PM
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ollierose

Definitely Asiatic Dayflower, Blue Dayflower
Commelina communis.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2008 at 11:14AM
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