I have this growing in different parts of my garden. Is it a weed?

Weed or plant? It has little blue flowers in mid simmer but way too much foliage. Should I pull it out?
  23 answers
  • Robin Miller Cresci Robin Miller Cresci on Jul 15, 2015
    Is the blue flower part of the plant?
  • Deezie Deezie on Jul 16, 2015
    I have the same thing in my yard and was wondering if it was a weed. The blue flower is part of the plant. It really spreads also*
  • Lar1565931 Lar1565931 on Jul 16, 2015
    The top picture looks like "wondering Jew" a plant very common in my are when I was young. It grows like an ivy, and people would use it for hanging plants quite frequently. It was and is beautiful but grows very fast.
  • Mall Mall on Jul 16, 2015
    Even weeds can come with beautiful flowers, I usually leave then till they are flowered out and then get them out, that way I get pleasure from them as well
  • Anne stickn354ey Anne stickn354ey on Jul 16, 2015
    weed is a matter of opinion- it does grow wild, and it can take over a lot of territory. Somewhat like a wandering Jew plant. The blue flowers are a pretty color, tho.
  • Connie Hoge Connie Hoge on Jul 16, 2015
    Commelina communis, commonly known as the Asiatic dayflower
  • Paula Swasko Paula Swasko on Jul 16, 2015
    It's like a wild version of "creeping jew" a common house plant. I do let it roam a bit in my garden as it is pretty. I've even transplanted it into some of my patio pots as a trailing vine! But beware; left to it's own devices, it will take over. Keep grooming it back!
  • Wendy G Butler Wendy G Butler on Jul 16, 2015
    My stepmother calls them frog eyes
  • Annula lou Annula lou on Jul 16, 2015
    Key West Florida - keep it from sprouting in your potted plants. I thought it was cute until it took over and strangled the roots of its host.
  • Leslie Deschenes Leslie Deschenes on Jul 16, 2015
    This is a wild Trillium and it can be invasive but if have it growing where you just want a filler and don't want to spend extra money just move them around as fillers.
  • Corky Cummins Corky Cummins on Jul 16, 2015
    I know it as wild wondering jew. It will take over a flower bed if u let it
  • Susie Susie on Jul 16, 2015
    As previously mentioned, it's the Asiatic dayflower - and is in the spiderwort family. It resembles tradescantia (wandering jew) which also in the spiderwort family. It's yet another invasive species introduced from asia. If you like the way it looks, you can let it spread - like violets or forget-me-nots, its beauty is in the eyes of the beholder! It pulls out easily, if you want it gone, but you have to be vigilant. Happy gardening.
  • Tina H Tina H on Jul 16, 2015
    Has many common names, I know it as "Day Flower because the little blue flowers only last one day.
  • Karen Karen on Jul 16, 2015
    I've never seen WJ with flowers. Looks more like wild violets to me which I enjoy in my yard.
  • Mary Ker Mary Ker on Jul 16, 2015
    I have it and am constantly pulling it out of everywhere...all my pots, my veggie garden, anywhere there is water. To me, it's a weed.
  • Julie Johnson Julie Johnson on Jul 16, 2015
    It is spiderwort. I tend to pull it even though it looks OK as it does have invasive tendencies.
    • Janet Carroll-Boudreau Janet Carroll-Boudreau on Jul 16, 2015
      @Julie Johnson I have spiderwort and it has long sort of lime-green leaves with similar blue flowers. Maybe this is just another variety?
  • Robin Thoreson Robin Thoreson on Jul 16, 2015
    Commelina Diffusa It spreads well if you're trying to choke out ugly weeds and it blooms, but you will need to hold it back.
  • Trudi Trudi on Jul 16, 2015
    Any wild flower is a weed to someone who doesn't want it in their yard. We had these in our yard in Indiana and it was hard to keep them controlled, but they grew where nothing else would grow and I liked them there. So, it's a weed if you don't want it, but a pretty background flower is you like it. My mother and grandmother called them dayflowers, not to be confused with day lilies, they were in many a wild flower bouquets!
    • Janet Carroll-Boudreau Janet Carroll-Boudreau on Jul 16, 2015
      @Trudi Thank you! I do like them and I may thin them and spread them around to fill in some bare spots in my garden.
  • Brenda L Brenda L on Jul 16, 2015
    I have fought this for years too. Looks and has the texture of Wandering Jew, but solid green. It will take over a flower bed if you let it!. I vote 'weed". The little flowers are not worth putting up with it. Pull it out!
  • Tonya Tonya on Jul 16, 2015
    Scurvey Weed, I sell it at my greenhouse. The flowers are a beautiful blue and it's perfect for where you want to fill in a bare spot.
  • Inetia Inetia on Jul 16, 2015
    Best guess for this image: tradescantia x andersoniana blue stone
    • Judy Judy on Jul 17, 2015
      @Inetia The plant lady who gave me some of this called it Widow's Tears.
  • Kathryn Peltier Kathryn Peltier on Jul 17, 2015
    I bought this plant as an annual probably 10 years ago and am still fighting to get rid of it. It pops up EVERYWHERE. Pulls out easily, but I think it's a total nuisance.
  • Sandra Richardson Sandra Richardson on Jun 27, 2018

    I consider it a WEED! I have tried for over 40 years to get it out of my flower gardens and still have not won the battle!! I wish I knew what I could spray it with or something to kill it..it is growing everywhere!!