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Taken May 2, 2010 – Bridgton, Maine
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Bluets; Innocence; Houstonia; Quaker Ladies; Quaker Bonnets; Venus’ Pride

MADDER FAMILY – Rubiaceae: Bluets; Innocence; Houstonia; Quaker Ladies; Quaker Bonnets; Venus’ Pride

Houstonia caerulea

Flowers—Very small, light to purplish blue or white, with yellow centre, and borne at end of each erect slender stem that rises from 3 to 7 in. high. Corolla funnel-shaped, with 4 oval, pointed, spreading lobes that equal the slender tube in length; rarely the corolla has more divisions; 4 stamens inserted on tube of corolla; 2 stigmas; calyx 4-lobed. Leaves: Opposite, seated on stem, oblong, tiny; the lower ones spatulate. Fruit: A 2-lobed pod, broader than long, its upper half free from calyx; seeds deeply concave. Root-stalk: Slender, spreading, forming dense tufts.

Preferred Habitat—Moist meadows, wet rocks and banks.

Flowering Season—April-July, or sparsely through summer.

Distribution—Eastern Canada and United States west to Michigan, south to Georgia and Alabama.

Millions of these dainty wee flowers, scattered through the grass of moist meadows and by the wayside, reflect the blue and the serenity of heaven in their pure, upturned faces. Where the white variety grows, one might think a light snowfall had powdered the grass, or a milky way of tiny floral stars had streaked a terrestrial path. Linnaeus named the flower for Doctor Houston, a young English physician, botanist, and collector, who died in South America in 1733, after an exhausting tramp about the Gulf of Mexico. Flies, beetles, and the common little meadow fritillary butterfly visit these flowers. But small bees are best adapted to it.

John Burroughs found a single bluet in blossom one January, near Washington, when the clump of earth on which it grew was frozen solid. A pot of roots gathered in autumn and placed in a sunny window has sent up a little colony of star-like flowers throughout a winter.

I’m 60+ Years Old and a Resident of Bridgton, Maine

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  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

  • danamh40
    danamh40over 4 years ago

    Wow…lovely capture!

  • Hi Dana: Thanks so much for the kind comments. I’m pleased that you like this image.

    – T.J. Martin

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    L O V E L Y

  • Hi Lorilee: Thanks for the kind words. Many thanks for adding this image to your list of favorites. I appreciate it.

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  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful

  • Greetings Joy: Thanks so much for the nice compliment. Very pleased that you like this image and have chosen to add it to you list of favorites. Much appreciated.

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  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettover 4 years ago

    Lovely work. Great job. Brenda

  • Hello Brenda: Thank you for the very kind compliment. Many thanks for adding this image to your list of favorites. Much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray ……

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  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    beautiful

  • Hello Sylvia: Thanks so much for the nice compliment. Much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Ian Sanders
    Ian Sandersover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture.

  • Greetings Ian: Thank you for the very kind comments. And, many thanks for including me on your Watchlist. I appreciate the compliment.

    – T.J. Martin

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot.

    Debra

  • Hi Debra: Thank you for the nice compliment. I am so pleased that you like this image. Much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! You are the FIRST weekly featured artist!

  • Hello Judith: What a great surprise it was to hear that twelve of my photographs are to be featured in living Maine. My own gallery - wow! I’m so pleased that I was chosen to be the 1st featured artist of the group. Thanks everyone for the really wonderful compliment. I’m happy to be a member of this fantastic group.

    – T.J. Martin

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