Flower of the Day: Venus’ Pride

aka large bluets, Houstonia purpurea; Rubiaceae (madder family)

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According to the USDA plants database, five species of Houstonia can be found in this area.  I’ve only ever seen azure bluets (FOTD 4/25), so I was pretty excited when I spotted these plants.  I’ve only found one small clump so far, along a section of the canal towpath that rarely fails to surprise me.

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The plant stands about a foot and a half tall, though it can be somewhat weak-stemmed (the picture above is actually rotated 90 degrees; the plant was mostly horizontal).  The flowers are pretty tiny.

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