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Amsonia ciliata

Amsonia ciliata Walter

 

Bluestar, Fringed Bluestar, Blue Funnel Lily, Texas Bluestar

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderGentianalesGentians, coffee, gardenias, frangipani, many others
FamilyApocynaceaeDogbane family
GenusAmsoniaBluestars; named for botanist Charles Amson
SpeciesciliataSlight fringing, like an eyelash, for the fringe of hairs found on new leaves and plant stems

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This species is a North American native.

Identification: Plants are 15-24" (38-60 cm) tall, with stems that have sparse short hairs. Leaves are attached directly to the stem (no petiole), and are very narrow, about ⅛" (3.2 mm) × 2" (5 cm). They resemble a blade of grass, with a prominent central vein, but the leaf on either side of the vein is rippled, almost leather-like in appearance. Pale blue five-petaled flowers with sharp tips, each about ½" (1.3 cm) around, form a rounded cluster that may be loose or dense. They appear from April to May.

Online References:

Amsonia ciliata on Discover Life

Amsonia ciliata on Forestry Images

Amsonia ciliata var. filifolia on Missouriplants.com

Amsonia ciliata at the New England Wild Flower Society

Amsonia ciliata at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Amsonia ciliata at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Amsonia ciliata on Flickr

Amsonia ciliata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Amsonia ciliata (Bluestar, Fringed Bluestar, Blue Funnel Lily, Texas Bluestar)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Amsonia ciliata (Bluestar, Fringed Bluestar, Blue Funnel Lily, Texas Bluestar)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 4½ × 7" (11 × 17 cm)

Range: Zones 5-9:

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