Bluets - Tiny Bluets
Houstonia patens (Elliott)
Rubiceae (Madder or Coffee) Family

Bluets is an upright, hairy perennial with angled stems. Its preferred habitat is roadsides, ditches, meadows and yards. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are opposite on the stem, consisting of one whole part; no leaf stalk; lance-like to slightly widest at the middle. The leaf has no lobes and no teeth and base is rounded.

The flower is at the end of the flowering stem (terminal); bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The corolla is funnel-shaped with four blue to lavender lobes. Flower center is darker lavender, reddish or yellow; four stamens. Flowers occur in early spring.

Fruit is a capsule.

A related Hedyotis is found primarily at higher elevations among rock outcroppings in the northern part of the state.

Other synonyms that apply to this group of wildflowers are H. pusilla, H. crassifolia and H. minima.

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