Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


700

Forb
Annual

Native to Carolinas & Georgia - natural habitats & original distribution obscure
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Mountains)

Look for it in woodlands, lawns, cemeteries, and other disturbed sites, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Deep lavender
Eye: Red
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4 sepals
4-lobed salverform corolla
4 included stamens

FRUIT:
Spring
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 pusilla   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Houstonia pusilla   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 173-08-003:
Houstonia pusilla   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Hedyotis crassifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Houstonia minima

 

COMMON NAME:
Tiny Bluet, Small Bluet


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_homi2_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_hopa6_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm160226_995

February    Aiken County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0303y_22

March    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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Roxanna Martin    rlm32011_117

March    Spartanburg County    SC

Four-lobed purple (rarely white) corolla with a reddish center, per Guide to the Plants of Granite Outcrops.

image of Houstonia pusilla

Steve Marlow    snm100327_r111_32

March    Greenville County    SC

Parking lot

Leaves mostly basal or greatly reduced above, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Houstonia pusilla

Glen Peterson    gkp_9935_hpusilla

April    Spartanburg County    SC

4-lobed salverform corolla, 4 lanceolate or subulate sepals, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Houstonia pusilla

Glen Peterson    gkp_9950_hpusilla

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Plants annual, with at most a few short-lived basal leaves, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Houstonia pusilla

Glen Peterson    gkp_9955_hpusilla

April    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0504b_12

April    Greenville County    SC

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