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Monday - March 18, 2013

From: Hemphill, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Identification of tiny blue flower blooming in February
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

There is a very small four petal flower that appears near the end of Winter. (This year they appeared in late Feb). These little flowers are a "Light Blueish" hue. They are around a quarter inch across and are only an inch or so tall. We used to call them "Daiseys". Can you identify these little flowers?

ANSWER:

I believe your little blue "daisy" is Houstonia pusilla (Tiny bluet).  It is one of the first plants to bloom at the end of winter.

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Tiny bluets
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Tiny bluets
Houstonia pusilla

Tiny bluets
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