3 May 2007

Flower Fest - Q for Quaker Ladies

Quaker Ladies are wildflowers better known by their other common name, Bluets. Houstonia caerulea is the scientific name. The tiny plant appears in clusters and usually grows in woodlands, fields and on roadsides. The flowers are tiny, less than half an inch wide, four-petaled with a yellow center, and are pale blue. They are easily noticeable because they bloom profusely close to each other, making an attractive carpet on the ground. I found these blooming everywhere in the Smoky Mountains last weekend.

This is my entry for the letter Q currently on at Flower Fest - The A - Z of Flowers

Tags: Flower Fest


Gini said...

I have tried to identify these flowers for some time now. I had seen these flowers when I went to Maine last year. How do you identify wild flowers?

shilpa/eyeonnature said...

Hi Gini, welcome. What a coincidence, I was just now at your blog looking for the oven temp. for the okra salad! I've made it a dozen times after you blogged about it but still go there to check details every time I make it :)

I have a field guide for wildflowers which lists most of the flowers that I photograph. I also keep borrowing books on flowers, birds etc from my weekly visit to the public library.
wildflower guide on flickr is a good place to search as you can search by no. of petals, color etc. It is time consuming though! Manisha has some links somewhere on Flower Fest which are also useful.

Gini said...

Thanks Shilpa for all the info. I should use the library more often.

Glad to know you make the okra salad. I haven't made it since I blogged about it. Thanks for the reminder :)