- Common Bluets
Houstonia caerulea, commonly call common bluets is a small, delicate perennial that is found growing in compact tufts, 8 in. high. The plants may cover broad expanses.
This lovely, delicate, flowering plant is often found in striking patches of light blue. The Star Violet (H. pusilla), to 4 (10 cm) high, has a tiny purple flower and occurs in fields and open woods from South Dakota east to Maryland and south to Florida and Texas. A tall southern species, 6-16 (15-40 cm) high, Large Houstonia (H. purpurea), has 3-5, ribbed, opposite, ovate leaves, and white or pink flowers. It occurs from Nebraska northeast to Maine and south to Florida and Texas. These and certain other Houstonia species have sometimes been placed in the genus Hedyotis.
Regions: Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal plains
Seasons of Interest:
Blooms: Spring Nut/Fruit/Seed: Summer
Wildlife Value: This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer. Its flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
- Fire Risk Rating:
- low flammability
- Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
- fire in the landscape.
Whole Plant Traits:
- Plant Type:
- Native Plant
- Flower Color:
- Leaf Color:
- Hairs Present:
- Stem Is Aromatic: