Eustoma exaltatum [Gentianaceae]

Click on the images below to see larger versions.

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
Family Gentianaceae (Gentian) Wildflower Center Ref. Click Here
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, "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.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

© Tom Lebsack 2020