Houstonia caerulea L. - Bluets

Houstonia caerulea plant

Family - Rubiaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Houstonia caerulea leaves

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Houstonia caerulea calyxCalyx.

Houstonia caerulea flowersFlowers.

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - Moist ledges, low prairies, sandy banks, sandy open woods, glades. Usually on acid soils.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This little species can be found in the eastern Ozark region of Missouri. This plant is easy to identify in the field because it has large flowers for such a small plant. The flowers can be white to blue and a single flower terminates each thin stem.

Photographs taken in Umstead State Park, NC., 3-23-03, and at Moss Rock Preserve, Hoover, AL., 3-12-06.


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