Apr. 6, 2021

southern bluet, Houstonia micrantha

"Millions of these dainty wee flowers, scattered through the grass of moist meadows and by the wayside, reflect the blue and the serenity of heaven in their pure, upturned faces. Where the white variety grows one might think a light snowfall had powdered the grass, or a milky way of tiny floral stars had streaked a terrestrial path." That was Neltje Blanchan in her "Wildflowers Worth Knowing" in 1917. The language was a little more flowery then, hopefully the spirit isn't far removed. She farther notes that a pot of them brought in for the winter and set on a sill will bloom through. Southern bluet grows in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MO, MS, OK, TN, and TX. Martin Co FL, 1/28/13. Madder family, Rubiaceae.