Amsonia tabernaemontana Walt. - Blue Star

Amsonia tabernaemontana plant

Family - Apocyanceae




Amsonia tabernaemontana leaves




Amsonia tabernaemontana  flowers

Amsonia tabernaemontana calyxCalyx.

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - Rich woods, bottomlands, wooded slopes, bluffs.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This striking species is fairly common in Alabama. The plant is easy to grow and would make a great garden subject. Plants growing in ideal conditions can form large clumps.
Like many members of the Apocynaceae this plant bleeds a milky sap when injured.
The genus is named for Dr. Charles Amson, who lived in Virginia in the 18th century.

Alabama Distribution:

Amsonia tabernaemontana map

Photographs taken in the Mark Twain National Forest, Taney County, MO., 4-29-00.

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