Bluets, Houstonia ssp, are still in bloom all along the trails. They are blue, tiny, like the damp, seem to enjoy growing in the middle of a trail in an attractive clump of moss and are honestly about the cutest little thing you’ll ever see. There lots of different bluets; 78 species worldwide according to one count, three in North Carolina according to the North Carolina Native Plant Society. The bigger of the ones I find are Houstonia caerulea, which you can know due to the yellow middles. These are listed as “azure bluets” as a common name, as is “innocence” and “quaker ladies”, but the different species are so similar that the need for a particular common name for this flower seems a bit unnecessary. There is another bluet, about half the size, without a yellow center and a darker, more purply blue, but I don’t know which one that is. They also seem to like the sun a bit more than H. cerulea. So, just call ’em all bluets, and if you need to talk about a particular one, use the latin.
Just get over avoiding proper names, people.
“Houstonia caerulea.” Encyclopedia of Life, available from http://www.eol.org/pages/1095514/overview. Accessed April 22, 2015.
“Houstonia caerulea” North Carolina Native Plant Society, available from http://www.ncwildflower.org/index.php/plant_galleries/search_details/houstonia-spp/. Accessed April 22, 2015.