Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in floodplain forests, moist, rich slope forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate to nearly opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Blue
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
Sepals minute
5-lobed salverform corolla
5 stamens
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Paired follicles

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana   FAMILY Apocynaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana   FAMILY Apocynaceae

INCLUDING VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 156-01-001:
Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana   FAMILY Apocynaceae

INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968)
Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar


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image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_amam8_001_lvd

        

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm120330_198

March    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm180408_1091

April    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm180408_1091b

April    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

The sepals are deltoid and minute, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm200411_3752

April    Greenville County    SC

This plant has milky sap, which is characteristic of Apocynaceae, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm200411_3754

April    Greenville County    SC

Flowers with 5 narrow spreading blue petals, in a crowded terminal cluster, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm200411_3758

April    Greenville County    SC

Corolla tube distally pubescent externally, lanose internally, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm200414_3789

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm200415_3850

April    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm200418_3927

April    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Leaves 3-6" long, elliptic to ovate, with narrowed tips and a dull surface, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

Keith Bradley    kab_a_tabernaemonta_3808

April    Richland County    SC

W. Gordon Belser Arboretum

This tall smooth plant has alternate leaves, which is unusual in Apocynaceae, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm200502_4506

May    Greenville County    SC

Notice the curves of these panicle branches. Are they always this graceful?

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm200502_4510

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm200502_4516

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm200508_4752

May    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm190604_8941

June    Greenville County    SC

Has anyone else noticed this one-sided leaf arrangement late in the season?

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm190604_8945

June    Greenville County    SC

Fruits are paired, erect, linear follicles 2-4" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Wideleaf Bluestar

JK Marlow    jkm190604_8947

June    Greenville County    SC