Houstonia longifolia (Long-Leaved Bluets) - photos and description

 

 



Stem leaf in above photo


Stem sparingly hairy

General: Low plants with a tufted, many-branched growth habit. Stems are leafy, square, reddish coloured, and sparingly hairy.

Flowers: Flowers many in terminal clusters, are tubular, pinkish-white in colour. We measured flowers at 8 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves opposite with stipules, linear-oblong, sessile, entire, we measured a leaf at 15 mm long and 3 mm wide. Leaf margins have fine hairs.

Height: Height is listed in Budd's Flora to 25 cm, we measured plants to 11 cm tall.

Habitat: Sandy soil in Saskatchewan's parklands and boreal forest.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

Synonym: Listed in some of the field guides we use as Hedyotis longifolia.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken June 5th, grassland, about 300 km NE of Regina, SK, and June 23rd, forest meadow, about 350 km north of our home of Regina, SK.