This vivid blue immigrant from China (Commelina communis) is another plant about which it seems the jury has not returned a verdict. It is condemned by some horticulturalists as an invasive weed worthy only to be pulled up and eliminated. Others who have cultivated it in their gardens value it as an easily controlled ground cover that also displays electric-blue flowers on a continuing basis from May to October.
As the common name tells us these vivid blue blossoms last only a day before wilting away. I've noticed that often the lilies with the shortest lives have the most vivid coloring. Some examples to be seen are Chicory and Blue-eyed Grass. Their intensely colored flowers are spent by late morning. The brilliant orange blossoms of Scarlet Pimpernel are gone by mid-afternoon.
I view all of these short-lived beauties as exemplars of those lilies about which Jesus said, "Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you. . . ."