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Marcus, Joseph A.
Houstonia pusilla Schoepf
Tiny bluet, Small Bluets, Star violet
Synonym(s): Hedyotis caerulea var. minima, Hedyotis caerulea var. minor, Hedyotis crassifolia, Hedyotis minima, Houstonia minima, Houstonia patens
USDA Symbol: hopu3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The Star Violet has purple-blue flowers 1/4–1/3 inch across growing singly on the tips of fine branches. Each blossom consists of a narrow tube crowned by 4 lobes which spread sharply at right angles. The plant grows 4–6 inches tall with several branches. Though very small, star violets sometimes color a field blue. The opposite leaves are not more than 1/2 inch long, with the flower stem growing out of the leaf axil.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Violet
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2013-10-14
Research By: TWC Staff