|Scientific Name||Herbertia lahue||USDA PLANTS Symbol||HELA6|
|Common Name||Prairie Nymph, Herbertia||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||43300|
|Description||Habitat: Sandy or clay soils; open areas in meadows, roadsides and prairies.
Plant: Slender perennial, one or a few branches from base, up to 10 inches tall.
Leaves: Several (4 to 6) mostly basal, narrow, linear leaves less than 1/4-inch wide, reaching the height of the blossom; stem leaves often entirely sheathing the stem.
Inflorescence: Single (or 2 to 3) flowers atop the stems about 2 inches across; three spreading outer tepals about an inch long that are blue-ish purple to violet, bases are white and speckled with violet; inner three tepals are much smaller (3/8 to 1/2-inch long) and dark violet; three inward curving stamens surround the three stigma lobes.
Bloom period: March to May.
Reference: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and Flora of North America.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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