Amsonia ciliata Walt. var. filifolia Wood - Fringed Bluestar

Amsonia ciliata plant

Family - Apocynaceae

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Amsonia ciliata stem

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Amsonia ciliata leafAdaxial leaf surface.

Amsonia ciliata leafAbaxial leaf surface.

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Amsonia ciliata calyxCalyx.

Amsonia ciliata flower

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - Limestone glades, bald knobs, edges of limestone bluffs along streams.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found in just a few southern Missouri counties. The plant can be identified by its dense, very thin leaves, and its big inflorescences of bluish flowers. The typical species has slightly broader leaves that are flat. As seen above, variety filifolia has very thin leaves with revolute margins. The leaves are rugose.

Photographs taken at Bibb County Glades, AL., 5-1-05.