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Bluets (Houstonia caerulea)
French name: houstonie bleue
General: Bluets are tiny herbs (10 cm high) that grow in dense patches, covering an open meadow in what looks like a pale blue blanket.
Leaves & Twigs: Plants arise from thread-like, creeping roots from which unbranched stems sprout.
Flowers & Fruit: Each stem produces a single, pale lavender flower. The flowers have a bright yellow centre to guide bees to the pollen, found in the tubular flower neck
Habitat: Bluets prefer moist grassy fields.
Sampling: elect a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a 1-metre-square section to observe.