Amsonia tabernaemontana Walter - Eastern Bluestar


 

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Amsonia tabernaemontana - (image 1 of 3)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Apocynaceae

Habitat

Moist to wet woods.

Associates

 

Distribution

Coastal plain from NJ south (naturalized north to NY and parts of New England), widespread in the south, and north in the interior to southern IN, central IL, and KS.

Morphology

Herbaceous perennial; stems erect, 40-100 cm; leaves thin, dull, narrowly lanceolate to ovate or broadly elliptic, 8-15 cm, acuminate, finely hairy or glabrous beneath; cymes flat to pyramidal, many flowered; calyx glabrous; corolla tube 6-10 mm, villous, especially distally; corolla limb 1 cm wide; fruit cylindric, erect, 8-12 cm.

Notes

Flowers May and June

Wetland indicator: FACW

Frequently cultivated and possibly native only as far north as VA, IN, and IL.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 


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