Amsonia tabernaemontana (Eastern Bluestar)

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCsWetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Where Commonly Found: Meadows, fields, shores of rivers and lakes, wetlands, MA, NY.
How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Go Botany Key to Amsonia tabernaemontana
Missouri Botanical Garden Site for Amsonia tabernaemontana.  Click on more images.

Flower Color:  Steel blue.
Flower Type:   Radially symmetrical with petals fused into a cup or tube, 5 stamen.  Each flower is .5″-.75″ across with a tubular corolla of 5 spreading lobes, star-like, and a short calyx with 5 rectangular teeth,
Flower Time:  May
Leaf Arrangement:  Alternate, one leaf per node along the light green stem.
Leaf Type: Simple, entire leaves, bright green and glabrous on upper surface and pale green under, with no teeth or lobes, ovate to narrowly ovate, 6″ long and 2.25″ wide.
Height:  2′-3”
Seed Collection:  Thin follicles turn tan when mature with corky cinnamon colored seeds.  Dry and store in  sealed container in the refrigerator.  Good for 4 years.

Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Use:  Garden
Light:  Full Sun to Full Shade
Hardiness Zone:  3 to 9   USDA Zone Map
Soils:  Dry to Moist
Notes:  A beautiful and versatile perennial that, like Baptisia australis, gives a shrub-like appearance and is a nice addition to any garden setting.  Though not particularly attractive to bees, Bluestar draws in many butterflies and moths.
Native to NY, MA lower Midwest and South:  Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).

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