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Fringed Bluestar

Amsonia ciliata

Description:

The blue star plant grows 15–24 inches tall. The leaves are borne singly, but very close together all the way up the stem to the flower cluster. They are 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long, with one vein running lengthwise down the center and attached directly to the main stem (without a petiole). The leaves are smooth, soft, and slightly smaller toward the upper part of the stem. The narrow tube of the pale blue flower, 1/2 inch long, opens into 5 petal-like lobes in a star shape l/2 inch across, with a ring of white at the center. Several blossoms grow in a loose cluster at the tips of the stems.

Habitat:

This one was growing in a sandy area at the Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve near Jackson (Aiken County), SC.

Notes:

Other common names include Bluestar, Blue funnel lily, and Texas bluestar.

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KenCheeks
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KenCheeks

South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Apr 17, 2014
Submitted on Jan 1, 2015

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