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Amsonia tabernaemontana

Amsonia tabernaemontana Walter

eastern bluestar, eastern bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana (Eastern Bluestar)
Image ID: 19277
Image by: Stuart, Will
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library

PLANT INDEX

ID_PLANT: AMTA2
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Amsonia tabernaemontana
Include in WOTAS: 1
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2018-09-25

GENUS INDEX

GENUS CODE: AMSON
GENUS SCIENTIFIC: Amsonia
GENUS AUTHORITY: Walter
GENUS COMMON: Bluestar
GENUS SUMMARY: [by Bruce A. Sorrie and Alan. S. Weakley]
GENUS IDENTIFICATION:
GENUS REFERENCES: Woodson (1928)=Z.

FAMILY INDEX

FAMILY CODE: APOCYN
FAMILY SCIENTIFIC: Apocynaceae
FAMILY AUTHORITY: A.L. de Jussieu 1789
FAMILY COMMON: Dogbane Family
FAMILY SUMMARY: As here circumscribed including the Asclepiadaceae, a family of about 480 genera and about 4800 species, lianas, shrubs, herbs, and trees, widespread in tropical and temperate areas. There appears to be overwhelming evidence favoring the combination of the Asclepiadaceae into the Apocynaceae; see, for instance, Rosatti (1989), Sennblad & Bremer (1996), and many others.
FAMILY REFERENCE: Rosatti (1989); Liede (1997a).

NCBG DESCRIPTIVES

INTRO: Slender, erect perennial found in floodplain forests and moist, rich slope forests.
STEMS: Stems one to several from a single root crown, unbranched, smooth.
LEAVES: Leaves alternate, occurring all the way up the stem, short-petiolate, narrowly oval to lance-shaped, 2.5-5 in. long, smooth.
INFLORESCENCE:
FLOWERS: Flowers in a terminal, pyramidal panicle; powder-blue, 3/4 in. wide, star-shaped, consisting of a ¼-in.-long tube topped with white hairs that splits into 5 spreading, narrow, blunt-tipped corolla lobes and a short calyx with triangular lobes.
FRUITS: Fruit a pair of erect, green, slender follicles.
COMMENTS: Leaves turn golden-yellow in fall.
HEIGHT: 1-3 ft.

DURATION: Perennial
HABIT: Herb

LEAF ARRANGEMENT: Alternate
LEAF COMPLEXITY: Simple
LEAF RETENTION:

FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
SYMMETRY: Radial (Actinomorphic)
BLOOM TIME: April-May
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
x x

BLOOM COLOR: Blue
White Red Pink Orange Yellow Green Blue Lavender Purple Violet Brown Not Applicable
x x

FRUITING PERIOD:

DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE: Bottomlands, Moist forests
NATIVE RANGE: central & eastern U.S.

HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: This handsome, long-lived southeastern native perennial produces panicles of small, star-shaped blue flowers in late spring. Though only in bloom for a few weeks, Eastern bluestar develops an attractive shrubby appearance. In the wild, it is typically seen growing on rich, wooded slopes and in bottomlands. It is also perfectly happy when planted in average garden soil in full to part sun.

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Cultural Notes:

SOIL MOISTURE: Average
LIGHT EXPOSURE: Sun, Part Shade
MINIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 3
MAXIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 9
GERMINATION CODE: 3 then 2
WILDLIFE VALUE: Bee Friendly, Butterfly Friendly
DEER RESISTANCE:

GRIM ACCESSIONS

acc_id acc_num acc_dt coll_id Action
166 2007-0408 2019-07-02 167 View
2484 1986-2338 View
2554 1986-2444 View
3179 1990-0016 View
6820 1998-0025 View
6838 1998-0044 View
7073 1999-0021 1999-05-05 View
8065 2004-0073 2004-09-09 View
9129 2006-0321 2006-10-18 1304 View


GRIM COLLECTIONS

Coll_id Project Collection date Collector Action
167 HORT Tomberlin View
1304 HORT 2000-09-27 Bryan View
1417 HORT 2006-10-01 Liloia View
1779 HORT 2005-01-01 Bryan View
1780 HORT 2005-01-01 Bryan View


GRIM PLANTINGS

plt_num acc_id loc_num pers_num inst_dt Action
332 166 9 Tomberlin 2006-11-15 View
4221 2484 27 NCBG staff 1986-12-31 View
4222 2484 143 NCBG staff 1986-12-31 View
4325 2554 80 NCBG staff 0000-00-00 View
4326 2554 189 NCBG staff 0000-00-00 View
4327 2554 77 NCBG staff 0000-00-00 View
5329 3179 94 NCBG staff 1989-11-01 View
9650 6820 166 NCBG staff 1997-04-15 View
9651 6820 1 NCBG staff 1998-01-01 View
9652 6820 1 NCBG staff 1998-01-01 View
9700 6838 160 NCBG staff 1998-02-27 View
9993 7073 77 NCBG staff 1967-12-31 View
9994 7073 165 NCBG staff 1999-04-26 View
9995 7073 177 NCBG staff 1999-04-26 View
9996 7073 71 NCBG staff 1999-05-01 View
9997 7073 137 NCBG staff 1999-05-01 View
11334 8065 142 Liloia 2003-11-05 View
11895 9129 142 NCBG staff 2006-10-16 View

USDA PLANTS DATABASE

USDA Symbol: AMTA2
USDA Common Name: Eastern Bluestar
Native Status: L48 (N)
Distribution: USA (AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb

NATIONAL WETLAND INDICATOR STATUS

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACW FAC FACW FACW FACW

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2016 National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.3 (Lichvar, R.W., D.L. Banks, W.N. Kirchner, and N.C. Melvin. 2016. The National Wetland Plant List: 2016 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2016-30: 1-17. Published 28 April 2016. ISSN 2153 733X). Regions: AGCP-Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, AK-Alaska, AW-Arid West, CB-Caribbean, EMP-Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, GP-Great Plains, HI-Hawaii, MW-Midwest, NCNE-Northcentral and Northeast, WMCV-Western Mountains, Valleys & Coast

WEAKLEY FLORA

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ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Apocynaceae A.L. de Jussieu 1789 (Dogbane Family)
SUMMARY: As here circumscribed including the Asclepiadaceae, a family of about 480 genera and about 4800 species, lianas, shrubs, herbs, and trees, widespread in tropical and temperate areas. There appears to be overwhelming evidence favoring the combination of the Asclepiadaceae into the Apocynaceae; see, for instance, Rosatti (1989), Sennblad & Bremer (1996), and many others.
REFERENCE: Rosatti (1989); Liede (1997a).
ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Amsonia Walter (Bluestar)
SUMMARY: [by Bruce A. Sorrie and Alan. S. Weakley]
REFERENCE: Woodson (1928)=Z.

HERBARIUM RESOURCES

SERNEC: Find Amsonia tabernaemontana in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Amsonia tabernaemontana in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES

USDA: Find Amsonia tabernaemontana in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Amsonia tabernaemontana in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Amsonia tabernaemontana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Amsonia tabernaemontana

NCBG IMAGE RECORDS

ID IMAGE1: 19277
ID IMAGE2: 0
ID IMAGE3: 8710

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