Grazing North Texas – Erect Dayflower

By Tony Dean 

The lack of summer rains over much of North Texas this year deprived some of us of viewing many of the showy forbs native to our prairies. Some of the plants were able to bloom, but for many it was for only a short time.

I found this Erect Dayflower last spring and was struck by its simple but beautiful flowers. Dayflowers and spiderworts are in the same family, and they are often found in similar areas. Erect Dayflower is a hermaphrodite in that it has both male and female organs.

Dayflower stems can grow up to 36 inches in length. Flowers form on the ends of the stems in clusters of three to five. The flowers open to expose two large deep blue ear-like petals that are positioned above a third smaller, colorless petal.

Flowers open for one day only, thus the name Dayflower. New flowers open every three to four days.

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