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Blue Hearts is a perennial flowering plant found throughout the eastern U.S.  It is a Florida native plant and found throughout the state.  They are found in pinelands, prairies, open woods, and in moist sandy soil.

This plant has underground rhizones ( a creeping under-ground stem) and an above-ground stem, which can grow to a height of 30 inches.  Pointed leaves are usually found along the lower portion of the stem.  A loose cluster of 5-lobed violet flowers are found along the top portion of the stem.The flowers are about 1/2-inch wide with one or more open at a time.  Peak blooming time is June-September.

The above photos were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County.

The distribution maps for Blue Hearts are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).