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Houstonia purpurea

Phonetic Spelling
hoos-TOH-nee-uh pur-PUR-ee-ah
Description

The Large Houstonia has broad terminal clusters of three or more blooms on branching, hairy stems. The flowers have four lavender-blue to almost white petals that fuse into a deep tube. Usually the central flower opens first. This plant may be found on well-drained slopes or in moist woods.

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Tags:
#vigorous#full sun tolerant#perennials#slopes#summer flowers#native garden#spring interest#wildflower garden#partial shade tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#vigorous#full sun tolerant#perennials#slopes#summer flowers#native garden#spring interest#wildflower garden#partial shade tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Houstonia
    Species:
    purpurea
    Family:
    Rubiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Distribution:
    Eastern U.S.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are three-veined, sessile, on branching, hairy stems.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies