Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

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

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in moist & dry woodlands & forests, roadbanks, thinner soils around rock outcrops, a variety of disturbed sites, per Weakley's Flora

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

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Lavender/White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4 sepals
4-lobed funnelform corolla
4 included stamens

FRUIT:
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 purpurea var. purpurea   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea   FAMILY Rubiaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 173-08-005:
Houstonia purpurea   FAMILY Rubiaceae

LESS THAN Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Hedyotis purpurea

 

COMMON NAME:
Summer Bluet, Purple Bluet, Woodland Bluet


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image of Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea

JK Marlow    jkm180408_1137

April    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

image of Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea

JK Marlow    jkm0405w_22

May    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea

JK Marlow    jkm120517_894

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea

Diane Creaton    dmc03319

June    Avery County    NC

The Roan Highlands

image of Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea

JK Marlow    jkm090610_074

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Numerous white to lavender flowers on short pedicels in terminal cyme, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea

JK Marlow    jkm090610_074b

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Calyx lobes 1-4mm long, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea

JK Marlow    jkm090610_074c

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Corolla tube 5-7mm long, granular to densely pubescent within, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea

JK Marlow    jkm090610_079

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Stem leaves opposite, ovate, 1-2" long, >0.5" wide, with 3-5 main veins, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea

JK Marlow    jkm100626_125

June    Avery County    NC

The Roan Highlands

Flowers funnelform & in clusters; leaves ovate-lanceolate & sessile, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea

JK Marlow    jkm140627_427

June    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

image of Houstonia purpurea var. purpurea

JK Marlow    jkm0311f_03

November    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park