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Narrow-leaf Bluet

© Iralee Barnard



Common Name: Narrow-leaf Bluet

Scientific Name: Stenaria nigricans

Family: Madder

Longevity: Perennial

Height: 6 - 17 inches

Bloom Period:
June and July


© David Welfelt


Description: Many stems arise from the base. Opposite leaves are narrow and ½-1½ 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.