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Houstonia caerulea

Quaker Ladies, Innocence, Common Bluet

Scientific Name:

Houstonia caerulea

Genus:

Houstonia

Species Epithet:

caerulea

Common Name:

Quaker Ladies, Innocence, Common Bluet

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rubiaceae (Madder Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Blue

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Bloom Time:

March, April, May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Forests, woodlands, openings, lawns, a wide variety of disturbed sites (Weakley 2015). Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

This plant likes sun and dampness but will grow in many environments. In the Piedmont and coast it will generally bloom more sparsely than in the cooler mountains.

Blooms

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Tom Harville

Blooms

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Blooms in moss

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Tom Harville

Leaves

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Tom Harville

Bloom & Bud

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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Nearatica


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