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Commelina tuberosa

Pronunciation: Com-el-ee-nah too-bur-o-suh
Family: Commelinaceae
Common Name: Commelina
Plant Type:
  • perennial
  • bulb, tuber, corm
Height to: 8"
Width to: Indefinite
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
  • 40 to 30ºF ZONE 10
  • 50 to 40ºF ZONE 11
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • early summer
  • mid summer
  • late summer
Bloom Description: Commelina tuberosa produces cymes of blue flowers, 1 1/4" across
Soil Type: Commelina tuberosa prefers fertile, well drained soil
Pests and Diseases: Commelina tuberosa is susceptible to viral diseases, rust, slugs and leafminers.
Propagation: Sow commelina tuberosa seed at 55-64f in spring or divide in spring.
Native to: Commelina tuberosa is native to central and south america
Notes for Identification: Commelina tuberosa is a mat forming, procumbent, tuberous perennial bearing narrowly lance shaped leaves, to 3 1/2" long. Care: under glass, grow commelina tuberosa in soil based potting mix in bright filtered light. In growth, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly; water sparingly in winter. When grown outdoors, grow in a sheltered site and provide a deep, dry winter mulch. Where not hardy, lift plants before the first frost and over winter in barely moist, frost free conditions. Start into growth again in gentle heat in the spring. Source: various resources including the american horticultural society a to z encyclopedia of garden plants and the usda
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 120 to 150 days ZONE 9
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
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