Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

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

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate to nearly opposite

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

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

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana   FAMILY Apocynaceae

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

GREATER THAN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (1968)
Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Wideleaf Bluestar, Blue Dogbane


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image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana

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

        

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana

JK Marlow    jkm120330_198

March    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_tabernaemontana_4

March        

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

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana

JK Marlow    jkm090412_240

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana

JK Marlow    jkm090419_070

April    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

image of Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana

JK Marlow    jkm180408_1091

April    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

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

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

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.