Commelina africana

Commelina africana
Commelina africana

Common names: common yellow commelina, Benghal dayflower (English). 
Botanical name: Commelina africana

The common yellow commelina, Commelina africana, is a hardy spreading perennial herb with pretty small yellow flowers. It flourishes in wet sandy soils, spreading rapidly. The roots are used traditionally to treat women’s health issues. Leaves are fed to pigs. An easy to grow garden plant, propagating from stem cuttings or seeds. Plant in sandy or rocky areas and water well. It can exceed half a meter in height with ample water. Ash from burnt plants makes a fertilizer and traditional remedy for infertility.

Uses & Benefits: food, medicine, wetlands

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Family: Commelinaceae
Type: ground cover
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