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Houstonia pusilla

Tiny Bluet, Early Bluet

Scientific Name:

Houstonia pusilla

Genus:

Houstonia

Species Epithet:

pusilla

Common Name:

Tiny Bluet, Early Bluet

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only)

Plant Family

Rubiaceae (Madder Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Violet

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Woodlands, lawns, cemeteries, and other disturbed sites (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Mountains, common in Piedmont and Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only)

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Plant showing tiny size

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Paynter, Wilmington, Mar 7, 2011

Flowers

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Paynter, Wilmington, March 2011

Leaves

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Grows in patches in the lawn in early spring

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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