What flower is that?

Bluets  
Photo credit: ©David G. Smith, http://www.delawarewildflowers.org

May’s mystery plant is a small and delicate perennial with long tubular-shaped flowers with spreading limbs. The flowers are blue or white with yellow centers. The plant has two types of leaves; basal leaves and very small and opposite stem leaves. The basal leaves are about ½” long and oblanceolate (i.e. the tip of the leaf is wider than the base of the leaf).  The petioles are about as long as the leaf blade. The stem leaves are about ¼-½” long. The height of the plant is from 1 to 6” and it blooms from April to June.  It can be found in meadows, fields and in rare cases on the sides of moist stone walls.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Hedyotis caerulea
Common Name:
  Bluets
Family:
  Rubiaceae (Madder Family)
Habitat:
  Meadows, fields and moist places

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