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Houstonia longifolia var. compacta

Eastern Longleaf Bluet

Scientific Name:

Houstonia longifolia var. compacta

Genus:

Houstonia

Species Epithet:

longifolia

Common Name:

Eastern Longleaf Bluet

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rubiaceae (Madder Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Violet

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry rock outcrops and adjacent open woodlands, dry sandy woodlands, dry roadbanks, glades and barrens (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in NC Mountains and Piedmont, rare in the Coastal Plain.

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:

Proposed as State SR.(S2 G4G5T2Q)

Blooms & Buds

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Plants

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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