Narrow-leaf Bluet

Narrow-leaf Bluet
Narrow-leaf Bluet
 Iralee Barnard

Narrow-leaf Bluet
Stenaria nigricans


Family Madder
Longevity Perennial
Height 6 - 17 inches

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Many stems arise from the base. Opposite leaves are narrow and -1 inches long. Small, funnel-shaped, white to bluish-white flowers with four spreading lobes are starry in appearance.
  • Comments: In Kansas there are few plants in the Madder Family, but it is a large family with over 6,000 species occurring nearly worldwide, with most found in the tropics. Coffee and quinine, the drug used to treat malaria, are the best known products of this family. Narrow-leaf Bluet is a hardy and widespread species. It is found throughout Kansas on rocky soils.

Narrow-leaf Bluet
 David Welfelt

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