COMMON NAME: Grass of the Dew
BOTANICAL NAME: Cyanotis arachnoidea
FAMILY: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
SYNONYMS: Cyanotis bodinieri

Grass of the Dew plant has furry violet blooms, dotted with yellow stamens. It is a perennial herb with fibrous roots. Main stem is undeveloped, short. Fertile stems arise from below the leaf rosette, diffuse, creeping. Leaves are in a basal rosette and cauline. Flowers arise in often several, both terminal and axillary heads, stalkless or on a stalk. Sepals are fused at base, linear-lanceshaped, webby on the underside. Petals are blue-purple, blue, or white. Filaments are blue, cobweb-like. Capsules are broadly oblong, trigonous, densely hairy at the tip.

FLOWERING: June-September.

MEDICINAL USES:  Grass of the Dew was used to cure the rheumatic infections in the China Imperial. The roots are used as medicine for stimulating blood circulation, as a muscle and joint relaxant, and for relieving rheumatoid arthritis.