Amsonia species

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Scientific Name Amsonia ciliata USDA PLANTS Symbol
AMCI
Common Name Texas Bluestar, Fringed Bluestar ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
30133
Family Apocynaceae (Dogbane) Wildflower Center Ref.
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Description Habitat: Limey soils in open slopes and prairies in the Hill Country and North Texas.
Plant: Erect perennial 15 to 24 inches tall.
Leaves: Very narrow, smooth, soft leaves borne singly, but very close together all the way up to the flower cluster.
Inflorescence: Pale blue flowers with a narrow 1/2-inch long tube opening into 5 petal-like lobes in a star shape l/2-inch across with a ring of white at the center.
Bloom Period: March and April.
References: Descr. excerpt from www.wildflower.org and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Amsonia longiflora USDA PLANTS Symbol
AMLO
Common Name Tubular Bluestar ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
30141
Family Apocynaceae (Dogbane) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Limey soils in open areas the Far West Texas and Central Texas.
Plant: Erect perennial 8 to 14 inches tall, multiple stems from woody base.
Leaves: Smooth, narrow (~1/8-inch wide), 3/4 to 2 inches long.
Inflorescence: Pale blue, rarely white, flowers about one inch across in terminal clusters with a narrow long tube 1 to 1-1/2 inches long opening into 5 petal-like lobes in a star shape. Corolla tube is constricted at its opening.
References: Descr. excerpt from Shinners & Mahler’s Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas.
Texas Status
Native

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