Commelina communis f. aureostriata (Variegated Asiatic Dayflower) [10 Seeds]


Germination Information: FOR EXPERIENCED SEED STARTERS ONLY! Do not expect these seeds to be fast or easy to germinate. I know they are viable, because I collect them carefully, and my own plants self-sow freely. I have had good results with sowing indoors in spring, but other people have apparently not had luck with that route. So, my best advice is to sow the seeds as soon as you get them, then set the pot outside to germinate whenever conditions are right (possibly even the following year, depending on when you are starting). Be aware that germination can be slow and erratic, with seedlings possibly appearing over a period of months. Whenever you sow, do not cover the seeds; just gently press them into the surface of the growing medium.

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This uncommon annual bears beautiful blue flowers in mid- to late summer, with green leaves that are showily striped with varying amounts of white. (Yes, “aureostriata” would make you think the leaves have gold stripes, but they are definitely white.) Left unsupported, the plants reach 12 to 18 inches tall but spread wider as the stems sprawl and take root where they touch the ground. If there is a taller companion or some other support nearby, the stems may wind up through it and reach several feet tall. Full sun to partial shade. Annual.

I recommend these seeds only for serious collectors of variegated plants or weird weeds. Variegated Asiatic dayflower self-sows freely and may produce solid green seedlings: remove these as soon as you see them or you may end up with a patch of the ordinary (weedy) species in following years. The species Commelina communis is considered invasive in some areas, so I encourage you to research its suitability for your site, region, and climate before ordering. Even the variegated plants can produce lots of seedlings, to the point that you’ll be pulling some of them out in following years.

Collected starting in late July 2023. At least 10 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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