Hurry and catch the bluets!

Houstonia cearulea.  Little dudes are about three inches high. Maybe two. Anyway, they're tiny.

Houstonia cerulean. Little dudes are about three inches high. Maybe two. Anyway, they’re tiny.

Bluets, Houstonia ssp, are still in bloom all along the trails. They are blue, tiny, like the damp, seem to enjoy growing in the middle of a trail in an attractive clump of moss and are honestly about the cutest little thing you’ll ever see. There lots of different bluets; 78 species worldwide according to one count, three in North Carolina according to the North Carolina Native Plant Society. The ones in the yard are Houstonia caerulea, which you can know due to the yellow middles. These are listed as “azure bluets” as a common name, as is “innocence” and “quaker ladies”, but the different species are so similar that the need for a particular common name for this flower seems a bit unnecessary. So, just call ’em all bluets, and if you need to talk about a particular one, use the latin.

And they make a lovely motif. Just get over avoiding proper names, people.

References

“Houstonia caerulea.” Encyclopedia of Life, available from http://www.eol.org/pages/1095514/overview. Accessed April 22, 2015.

“Houstonia caerulea” North Carolina Native Plant Society, available from http://www.ncwildflower.org/index.php/plant_galleries/search_details/houstonia-spp/. Accessed April 22, 2015.

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2 Responses to Hurry and catch the bluets!

  1. Debbie Owens says:

    Beautiful flowers, thanks for sharing

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