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Blue Florida Wildflowers
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On this page - Sandhill dayflower, Climbing dayflower, Alligator flag

Alligator Flag - Thalia geniculata

Alligator Flag (Thalia geniculata L.) Alligator Flag (Thalia geniculata L.)

Family - Marantaceae

Habitat - Swamps, Marshes, margins of lakes, ponds and freshwater creeks.

Description - Herbaceous Florida native plant, broad lanceolate leaves may exceed a foot in length. Branched inflorescence rising above plant 6 feet or more in the summer and fall.

Sandhill Dayflower - Commelina erecta L.

Image - Sandhill dayflower (Commelina erecta)

Family - Commelinaceae

Habitat - Found in a variety of habitats, from xeric sand scrub to wet prairie.

Description - Native perennial, forb/herb up to 12 inches tall. Named for the flower which lasts approximately 24 hours.

Flower - 1 inch wide with 2 larger blue petals, 1 small white petal below. Named for the flower which lasts approximately 24 hours.

Climbing Dayflower - Commelina diffusa

 Image - Climbing Dayflower (Commelina diffusa)

Family - Commelinaceae

Habitat - Found in a variety of habitats, from Xeric Sand Scrub to Wet Prairie

Description - Introduced perennial herb. Named for the flower which lasts approximately 24 hours.