Tiny Flowers: Little Bluet

Photo of Little Bluet flowers

Little Bluet (Houstonia caerulea) is a tiny native perennial who grows in lawns and other habitats throughout New England. The white or light blue flowers have yellow centers and are about 3/8" wide.

Photo of Little Bluet stem leaves      Photo of Little Bluet leaves

The wiry stems have paired, narrow leaves, and the small basal leaves have -- at least on the plants I checked -- distinctly hairy edges.

Photo of Eastern Pine Elfin nectaring on Little Bluet

In spring, I've watched Eastern Pine Elfins nectar on Little Bluet flowers, and just this week, I witnessed Canada Goose goslings munching on clusters of plants.

Photo of Canada Geese eating Little Bluets

As I boy, I remember picking small bundles of these wildflowers, which I'd place in narrow juice glasses and proudly present to my mother. In a similar gifting gesture, I offer you these images and words.

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