|Scientific Name||Stenaria nigricans var. nigricans (Hedyotis nigricans var. nigricans, Houstonia nigricans var. nigricans)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||STNIN|
|Common Name||Diamondflowers, Baby's Breath, Bluets||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||846093|
Habitat: Widespread; usually dry sandy or calcareous soils.
Plant: Upright to sprawling, smooth, slender perennial 2 to 20 inches tall, with one or more stems, much-branched.
Leaves: Narrow, linear, opposite leaves, 3/8 to 1-1/2 inches long; prominent mid-rib; pair of smaller leaves at nodes.
Inflorescence: A few to many small white, pink or pale lavender funnel-shaped blossoms arranged in cymes, each about about 3/8-inch across with normally 4 (or 5?) pointed, fuzzy, spreading lobes; flowers are heterostylic (some flowers having longer stamens and short styles; others just the opposite), may have blue anthers atop short, white filaments; greenish-white style.
Bloom Period: April to November.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, Missouri Plants, and SEINet.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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