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This small, delicate perennial is found growing in compact tufts, 8 in. high. The plants may cover broad expanses. Tiny flowers are pale blue with yellow centers, tubular, four-lobed, solitary, and terminal. Spatula-shaped leaves occur in basal rosettes. Stem leaves are small and the stems are unbranched.
This lovely, delicate, flowering plant is often found in striking patches of light blue. The Star Violet (H. pusilla), to 4" (10 cm) high, has a tiny purple flower and occurs in fields and open woods from South Dakota east to Maryland and south to Florida and Texas. A tall southern species, 6-16" (15-40 cm) high, Large Houstonia (H. purpurea), has 3-5, ribbed, opposite, ovate leaves, and white or pink flowers. It occurs from Nebraska northeast to Maine and south to Florida and Texas. These and certain other Houstonia species have sometimes been placed in the genus Hedyotis.Bluets, also known as azure bluets or Quaker ladies, are members of the family Rubiaceae. Their scientific name is Houstonia caerulea, and they're creeping perennials that appear as tiny wildflowers in the landscape. They spread in mounds and produce diminutive leaves and pretty, pale flowers. They're native to the Eastern United States, where they grow from Maine to Florida and as far west as Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma.
According to The New Southern Living Garden Book, "Flowers appear singly on 2- to 2 ½-inch stalks in late spring. The ½-inch-wide four-lobed flowers are pale blue (sometimes white) with a yellow eye." The flowers themselves are very small but they bloom profusely in their basal rosette form, creating a carpet of blooms wherever they're planted. The flowers appear in spring, with some continuing to bloom in summer and fall.Bluet is a herbaceous perennial wildflower that may grow to a height of 6 inches. The leaves are opposite with a smooth margin. The leaves that originate at the base of the stem are large, while the two leaves on the stem are small. Blue flowers with yellow centers first mature in mid-spring and continue into mid summer. This plant is showy but needs to be planted with little competition (such as lawns, path edges, or in bare areas. The spring rosettes this plant reduces can be transplanted. (Source: plants.ces.ncsu.edu)