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Houstonia procumbens (Roundleaf bluet)
Cressler, Alan

Houstonia procumbens

Houstonia procumbens (Walter ex J.F. Gmel.) Standl.

Roundleaf Bluet, Round-leaf Bluets, Innocence

Rubiaceae (Madder Family)

Synonym(s): Hedyotis procumbens, Hedyotis procumbens var. hirsuta, Houstonia rotundifolia


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The elliptic to round leaves of this low, creeping, white-flowered relative of the more northern bluets are quite small, as are the petal lobes of the tubular, white flowers.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , SC
Native Distribution: Coastal areas of SC to LA
Native Habitat: Moist, open, sandy areas; pinelands; disturbed sites

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy soils
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: 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

Additional resources

USDA: Find Houstonia procumbens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Houstonia procumbens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Houstonia procumbens


Record Modified: 2015-03-31
Research By: TWC Staff

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