Blue-Flowered Houstonia by William Curtis, 1797
A Blue-Flowered Houstonia, 1797
The Houstonia caerulea is a flower from Canada and the United States. In the United States, it grows throughout the East and South during Spring. A lovely and delicate plant, it is also known commonly as the Quaker Ladies due both to the modest pastel color preferred by Quaker women and the resemblance many see between the flower's shape and that of their hats. The flowers can also come in shades of pink or white, as seen here.
William Curtis (1746-1799) was a trained pharmacist living in London, whose greater interest was the study of flora and insects. He maintained a large garden where he grew beautiful exotic plants, and began publishing the Curtis Botanical Magazine in 1787.
- Onastasia Youssef