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Fringed Bluestar

Amsonia ciliata


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.


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


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

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South Carolina, USA

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

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