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).