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What's flowering in the park

Commelina cyanea

Creeping Christian, Scurvy Weed

Family: Commelinaceae

The common names for this creeping herb originate in its similarity, when not flowering, to Wandering Jew (Tradescantia albiflora) and the fact that it can become a weed in some gardens.

The leaves are soft and succulent, less crowded than "Trad".

The flowers are cobalt blue, softly textured, with 3 petals, 3 transparent sepals and yellow stamens. The flowers arise from a green, heart-shaped, leaflike spathe.

Commelina cyanea is common in moist, shady areas throughout the Sydney region. Flowering time is during the warmer months of the year. The name "cyanea" comes from the Latin for "rich blue".

Commelina cyanea flowers in January and February.

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Commelina cyanea