Houstonia purpurea Linnaeus
Rubiaceae (Madder or Coffee) Family
Plant is an upright (sometimes reclining), many-stemmed perennial with a rhizome from which new growth emerges; 4-16 inches tall. Preferred habitat is rich woods, at roadsides and flood plains. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite, sessile (no leaf stalks), egg-shaped and usually no more than 1-1/2 inches long; no teeth and no lobes.
Flowers are white to pale purple with funnel-shaped corolla; downy hair inside the throat; small; short leaf stalks. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is a capsule.