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, and June 24th forest meadow, about 350 km north of our home of Regina, SK.