Wildflowers of Southern Arizona
Spiderwort (Commelinaceae) family.
The flowers are 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide and enclosed by a hairy, green, boat-shaped spathe (a leaf-like bract). The 3-petaled flowers have 2 blue side petals and a small, white lower petal. The leaves are green, alternate, and linear to lanceolate in shape. Deer and cattle love to feed on these plants. The similar Birdbill Dayflower (Commelina dianthifolia) has flowers with 3 blue petals.
Santa Catalina Mountains
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.
Location: Sandy trail near creek just south of start of Bluff Trail.
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