Bluets

Houstonia caerulea

Houstonie bleue

Bluets bloom for 2 or 3 weeks in the spring. Its plant helps filter water runoff. It makes a small contribution to stabilizing soil. They can be planted in meadows. It grows especially well among grasses and a good choice for rock gardens, lawn replacement and on the edge of a path.

Good for planting under taller blooms in the garden and are highly recommended for rock gardens. They can also provide a defense against invasive weeds by choking them out. They attract a variety of bees and some small butterflies.

It is said that blue flowers stand for desire, love and the metaphysical striving for the infinite and unreachable. It is also said to symbolize hope and the beauty of things.


Bluets can be planted in meadows, next to paths, in semi-shade gardens or even to replace grass lawns.

Its natural habitat is, Meadow, slightly acid soil.

Bluets are low-growing perennials that have multiple blue or white-ish blooms with bright yellow centres. They are native to Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. They certainly are a feast for the eyes and they bloom anywhere between April and July.

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Planting Houstonia caerulea

The best time to plant bluets is on a cool or cloudy day, or in the evening. Ther prefer moist, slightly acidic soils but will tolerate drier conditions.

Companion plant suggestions include Grasses, among others

Caring for Bluets

Plants disperse by seed, and they also spread through slender rhizomes, leading to the formation of clumping colonies.

Most growth and development occurs during the spring.

It is happiest in Moist and slightly acidic soils.

In terms of water, Bluets needs Regular water requirement.

Pruning Houstonie bleue

Bluets are easy to transplant. Propagate by dividing or simply letting them spread on their own through seeding and their rhizomes.

Other

There are no known pests or diseases.

Also known as Quaker Lady Bluets, due to the fact that their petals are shaped like the hats the women in the Quaker faith wore. It has also been said that the light blue petals matched the dresses that they wore.