Bluets in Bloom, or Quaking Quaker Ladies

Blue bird nesting box Azure Bluets, Quaker Ladies, Houstonia caerulea Field ©Kim Smith 2014Bluebird Nesting Box and Bluets

At this time of year, when you pass by a field with patches of white, stop and have a closer look. The Bluet’s tiny florets are actually a dreamy azure blue; the little bunches also “quake” in the seasonal breeze! Also called Quaker Ladies, the sweet petite blossoms attract Little Carpenter bees, Green Metallic bees, small butterflies, and the Meadow Fritillary Butterfly (Boloria bellona). Both nectar and pollen are the pollinator’s floral reward!

Azure Bluets, Quaker Ladies, Houstonia caerulea -2 ©Kim Smith 2014Azure Bluets (Houstonia caerulea)

Azure Bluets, Quaker Ladies, Houstonia caerulea ©Kim Smith 2014Ipswich River Canoers and Bluets at Willowdale Estate

 

4 comments

  • Love the bluets (and all your photos), but on behalf of all kayakers, I have to say those are not kayaks, they’re canoes!

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  • My favorite flower! I don’t consider it spring until I see them along the highway. This is the latest “first bluet sighting” ever – I didn’t see any before the first week of May but usually see them in April, and at least once on the last weekend of March.

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    • True Laura–all seems several weeks behind schedule. Hopefully, though, with a stretch of this delightfully warm weather, everything will catch up. Nice to hear from you!

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