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Marcus, Joseph A.
Stenaria nigricans var. nigricans (Lam.) Terrell
Diamondflowers, Narrowleaf bluets, Baby’s breath, Bluets, Fine-leaf bluets
Synonyms: Hedyotis nigricans,
Hedyotis nigricans var. austrotexana,
Hedyotis nigricans var. filifolia,
Hedyotis nigricans var. nigricans,
Hedyotis nigricans var. pulvinata,
Hedyotis nigricans var. papillacea,
Hedyotis nigricans var. rigidiuscula,
Hedyotis nigricans var. scabra,
USDA Symbol: STNIN
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Delicate and slender-stemmed, this perennial can be upright or sprawling, and 2-20 in. high. Diamond-flowers or bluet stems form clumps and become branched in the upper portion. Its small but abundant flowers are pink or white, trumpet-shaped, four-lobed, and in clusters at the ends of stiff branches. Leaves are very narrow and thread-like with rolled margins.
Nigricans so named because the leaves turn black when dry.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AL , AR , CO , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MI , MO , MS , NE , NH , NM , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA Native Distribution:
FL to c. AZ & adjacent Mex., n. to GA, OH, IN, s.w. IL & IA Native Habitat:
Dry, rocky prairies & hillsides; rocky, open woods; roadsides USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy or calcareous soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0524
Collected Jul 27, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry CliffeNPSOT 0414
Collected May 28, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry CliffeNPSOT 0396
Collected May 30, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 0251
Collected July 7, 1992 in Kendall County by Kristina CoatesNPSOT 0110
Collected May 30, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
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Record Modified: 2009-06-24
Research By: TWC Staff