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Muller, Thomas L.
Houstonia longifolia Gaertn.
Longleaf summer bluet, Long-leaf summer bluet, Pale bluets, Longleaf Summer Bluet
Synonyms: Hedyotis longifolia, Hedyotis purpurea var. longifolia
USDA Symbol: HOLO
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Clumps of basal leaves, larger than those of H. caerulea, form clumps to 1 ft. high. The dainty, tubular flowers of this perennial are pale, pinkish-white.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun
AL , AR , CT , DC , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: ON Native Distribution:
ME to Sask., s. to GA & LA Native Habitat:
Open, sandy or rocky places; heath balds; deciduous
woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Moist, sandy or gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Plant seeds outside as soon as ripe or store, stratify and sow in the spring. Seeds should be sown at a shallow depth. These seedlings will germinate the first year and flower the second. Propagation by division is accomplished by digging the plants in
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff