Eastern bluestar, Blue dogbane, Willow amsonia, Woodland bluestar
Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)
Bruso, George H.
Eastern bluestar is a 1-3 ft., erect-stemmed perennial
forming large, multi-stemmed clumps. The smooth stems are crowded with narrow, oval
leaves which turn golden-yellow in the fall. Blue, tubular flowers, the rim flaring to a star-shape, appear in loosely conjested clusters at the tips of the stems.
The species name commemorates the 16th-century German herbalist Jakobus Theodorus Tabernaemontanus.
Greek apocynum noxious to dogs. Distasteful.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Anthers yellow-orange. Flowers often partially hidden by uppermost leaves.
, VA Native Distribution: MD
& s.e. VA
to s. IL
& infrequently to KS,
s. to FL
& e. TX Native Habitat:
Wet, sandy sites in thin woods & on plains.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Wet Soil Description:
Wet to moist, sandy soils. Conditions Comments:
This species should be cut back after flowering. Blue star has naturalized northeast as far as Massachusetts. A similar species, A. illustris, occurs inland from MO