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Houstonia purpurea (Venus's pride)
Brundage, Stephanie

Houstonia purpurea

Houstonia purpurea L.

Venus's Pride, Large Houstonia, Woodland Bluets, Purple Bluets, Mountain Bluets

Rubiaceae (Madder Family)


USDA Symbol: HOPU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Houstonia purpurea has 3-5, ribbed, opposite, ovate leaves, and white or pink flowers. It occurs from Nebraska northeast to Maine and south to Florida and Texas.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WV

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-05-15
Research By: SET

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