Houstonia caerulea L.
Hedyotis caerulea (L.) Hook.
Houstonia caerulea L. var. faxonorum Pease & A.H. Moore
Bluets, Quaker Ladies, Azure Bluet
Bluets are natives of central and eastern North America. The name “Quaker ladies” may be a reference to their white bonnets.
Identification: Azure bluets, as you can see from the photos at right, aren’t necessarily azure. Most often pale blue, they range from white to a darker shade of blue. Bluets are diminutive, less than 8" (20 cm) in height. They produce dense clusters of flowers, each about ⅜" (1 cm) across, with four petals and a yellow center. I see them most often nestled in small brilliant patches in lawns.
Houstonia caerulea on Missouriplants.com
Houstonia caerulea on North Carolina Wildflowers, Shrubs, & Trees, by Jeff Pippen
Houstonia caerulea at Illinois Wildflowers
Houstonia caerulea at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Houstonia caerulea on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site
Houstonia caerulea at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium
Houstonia caerulea at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site
Houstonia caerulea on Southeastern Flora, the Southeastern U.S. Plant Identification Resource
Houstonia caerulea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 30 Sep 2015.
Range: Zones 3-8: