PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Asiatic Dayflower

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Commelina communis / Commelinaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: shade, medium moist soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

mild

RAW/COOK

summer

Leaves

mild

RAW/COOK

summer

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

mild

RAW/COOK

summer

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT:  Chopped finely and added to salads or cooked as a potherb…mucilaginous texture.(1)

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Antibacterial;  Astringent;  Depurative;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge. The leaves are depurative, diuretic and febrifuge. Used as a throat gargle to relieve sore throats and tonsilitis. A decoction of the dried plant is used to treat bleeding, diarrhoea, fever etc. Extracts of the plant show antibacterial activity.(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Dye. A bright blue dye is obtained from the petals.(1) The normally blue stamen hairs indicated mutation by turning pink when exposed to radiation. The same effect has since been observed when the spiderwort plant is subjected to chemical pollution.(4)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Commelina+communis
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/commelina-diffusa-what-a-day-for-a-day-flower-2/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commelina_communis
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2012/08/dayflower.html (good photos)