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

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 VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 173-08-002:
Houstonia serpyllifolia   FAMILY Rubiaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Thyme-leaved Bluet, Appalachian Bluet, Prostrate Bluet, Marsh Bluet


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

        

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JK Marlow    jkm060429_125

April    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

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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

JK Marlow    jkm100422_051

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

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JK Marlow    jkm130420_499

April    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

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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.

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JK Marlow    jkm160503_219

May    Haywood-Jackson Counties    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm160503_252

May    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm160503_253

May    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm0407t_16

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

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JK Marlow    jkm0507m_35

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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

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Tim Spira    tpshserpyllifolia

Month Unknown