|Scientific Name||Eustoma exaltatum (Eustoma grandiflorum, Eustoma russellianum)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||EUEXR|
|Common Name||Bluebells, Texas Bluebells, Catchfly Prairie Gentian||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||566032|
|Description|| Habitat: Moist soils in prairies, open and disturbed areas.
Plant: Erect smooth annual or short-lived perennial, single or several stemss branched above; up to 28 inches tall.
Leaves: Rosette of obovate basal leaves ; stem leaves oblong to elliptic and sessile or clasping; blades 3-veined, blue-green and up to 3-1/2 inches long and 1-1/4 inches wide.
Inflorescence: Solitary or a few large deeply bell-shaped flowers, 2 to 2-1/2 inches across; corolla deeply divided into 5 lobes, usually blue-purple or pinkish with darker center; rarely white with white, yellow or reddish center; yellow 2-lobed stigma.
Bloom Period: June to October.
Reference: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Wildflower Center, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Shinners & Mahler’s Flora of North Central Texas" by Diggs, Lipscomb and O’Kennon and "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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