Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


701

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in GA), endemic to Central & Southern Appalachians

Look for it on streambanks, grassy balds, moist forests, seepy rock outcrops, spray cliffs, and moist distured areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Margins entire

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Blue
Eye: Yellow/White
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 serpyllifolia   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Houstonia serpyllifolia   FAMILY Rubiaceae

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 173-08-002:
Houstonia serpyllifolia   FAMILY Rubiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet


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image of Houstonia serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_hose2_001_lvd

        

image of Houstonia serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet

JK Marlow    jkm060429_125

April    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

image of Houstonia serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet

JK Marlow    jkm060429_125b

April    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Blue-violet with a light yellow eye, 0.4"-0.5" across, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Houstonia serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet

JK Marlow    jkm100422_051

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Houstonia serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet

JK Marlow    jkm130420_499

April    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

image of Houstonia serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet

JK Marlow    jkm060513_026

May    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

The prostrate stems have numerous roundish leaves under 1/4", per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Houstonia serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet

JK Marlow    jkm160503_219

May    Haywood-Jackson Counties    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Houstonia serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet

JK Marlow    jkm160503_252

May    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Houstonia serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet

JK Marlow    jkm160503_253

May    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Houstonia serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet

JK Marlow    jkm190719_9939

July    Transylvania County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Leaves are opposite, short-stalked, rounded to ovate, on creeping stems, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Houstonia serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet

JK Marlow    jkm190914_1565

September    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Houstonia serpyllifolia, Thymeleaf Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet

Tim Spira    tpshserpyllifolia

Month Unknown