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Commelinaceae - Spiderwort Family
1 to 2 feet tall
The leaves are long thin blade shaped to lanceolate.
The plant is weak stemmed. It sometimes grows erect, but is often sprawling.
Three petaled flowers bloom in morning, but close when the sun shines on them in the afternoon. On cloudy days, you may still find the flowers in bloom. The flowers range in color from white to pink to purple, but are most often blue with 6 yellow anthers.
Wooded Areas, Prairies, Open Fields
Wild Food Uses:
The leaves can be eaten raw in salads, or as a trail nibble. The stems can also be eaten raw, or used as a cooked vegetable.
The following text is meant for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness or injury. Always consult with a physician or other qualified medical care provider concerning the diagnosis and treatment of any illness or injury.
Native Americans brewed a root tea to alleviate "female" ailments, as well as stomach and kidney ailments. It also has a laxative effect. There is anecdotal evidence that a poultice made from the leaves and stems of the plant are soothing when applied to insect bites and stings.