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Fringed Bluestar Amsonia ciliata


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Fringed Bluestar
credit: ASH, North Carolina State Parks

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Alternate name: Blue Dogbane, Blue Funnel Lily

Family: Apocynaceae, Dogbane view all from this family

Description Native perennial. Height: 1-3'. Habit: clumping, narrowly erect, may flop if top heavy. Leaf: 2" long, grass- or fern-like; yellow fall color. Flower: pale blue, 5-pointed star, borne in loose clusters 1-4" across at the top of each stem.

Blooms late spring to early summer.

Also known as: downy amsonia, Texas bluestar, blue funnel lily.

Flower March - June

Habitat Dry, well-drained sandy soils.

Range West of the Mississippi: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri.
East of the Mississippi: Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina.

Comments This plant becomes aggressive in rich, garden soil. It does need some summer water. To keep blue star erect and bushy, cut it back after it has flowered.

Exposure Preference Sun.

Native Distribution North Carolina to Florida, w. to Missouri & Texas

Site Preference Dry, open woods; chalky hills

Soil Preference Well-drained, sandy loam or limestone.