Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


696

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in forests, woodlands, openings, lawns, a wide variety of disturbed sites, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Blue (rarely white or lilac)
Eye: Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4 sepals
4-lobed salverform corolla
4 included stamens

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Houstonia caerulea   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Houstonia caerulea   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 173-08-001:
Houstonia caerulea   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Aquatic & Wetland Plants of Southeastern US (Godfrey & Wooten, 1979 & 1981)
Hedyotis caerulea

 

COMMON NAME:
Quaker Ladies, Common Bluet, Innocence


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_hoca4_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm160319_032035

March    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

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Keith Bradley    kab_h_caerulea_2659

March    Newberry County    SC

Lynch's Woods Park

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_h_caerulea_9599

March    Lincoln County    NC

Corolla about 1/2" wide, blue to white with a yellow eye, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm140420_466

April    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

Plants forming clumps less than or equal to 4" wide, per Wildflowers in the Field and Forest.

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JK Marlow    jkm140420_470

April    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

Erect, rising from a basal rosette of spatulate leaves 1/2" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_h_caerulea_2

April        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_houstonia_caerulea_3

April        

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_h_caerulea_0021b

April    Catawba County    NC

A delicate plant with solitary salverform flowers, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_houstonia_caerulea_1b

April    Catawba County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm170507_715

May    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm170507_715b

May    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm170507_716

May    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway