Learn about the care of the Commelina erecta also called Flor de Santa Lucía

Commelina erecta also known as Flor de Santa lucía , Hierba del pollo, Mataliste, Mataliz and Espuelitas. It belongs to the Commelinaceae family and is native to the Southeast of North America.

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Characteristics of Commelina erecta

Herbaceous , rhizomatous plant with a creeping or erect habit that can reach a height of 20 cm. The behavior is annual or perennial, depending on the climate where it is. The stems are gnarled 60 cm long. The leaves are alternate, oval-lanceolate, with a scalloped edge and sharp apex, with auricles at the base before joining the stem, with white hairs. The inflorescence is usually apical. The flowers are hermaphroditic with a corolla of 3 petals, two of which are large, blue in color, while the third is small, white. The seeds are dark and are inside capsules. Flowering is in late spring and summer when the heat is at its peak.

Caring for Commelina erecta

It is an ideal plant for rockery, hanging pots, as upholstery in gardens, but if it is not controlled it can become invasive.

It is a species that requires semi-shade, but accepts soft sun.

It should be sheltered during the colder months, or mulching to protect its root system.

As for the land, it must be humid, fertile and well drained for its optimal development.

Watering should be moderate in the hot season to keep the soil cool, but taking care not to flood it. While in the cold season, the irrigations will be scarce, depending on the rains (if it is located outdoors).

Compost  should be in early spring and fall, incorporating slow-release compost.

With regard to pruning, the apical shoots should be pinched in early spring to be able to generate more branching and, with this, obtain a large number of flowers. In addition, the dry leaves must be removed.

The multiplication is by means of cuttings or by layering in the spring and summer, since the nodes produce rootlets very easily. They should be put in the shade with a substrate of humus and sand in equal parts. They can even root in water. By seeds spread on the surface at a temperature of at least 20˚C (this process can take time).

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