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Amsonia tabernaemontana var. gattingeri (Eastern bluestar)
Wallace, George

Amsonia tabernaemontana var. gattingeri

Amsonia tabernaemontana Walter var. gattingeri Woodson

Eastern Bluestar, Gattinger's Bluestar

Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Kentucky state-listed Threatened taxon. Tennessee state-listed taxon of Special Concern.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Linear
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Cyme
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Commonly 2 feet in height; up to 3 feet.
Fruit: Follicles narrowly cylindrical, 3 to 4 inches in length. Fruiting July to September.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Flowers pale blue, occasionally white.


Native Habitat: Rich soil in forest floodplains (Bibref: 1794), "streambanks, and gravelbars, usually on limestone" (Webref 28).

Web Reference

Webref 28 - NatureServe Explorer: An online encyclopedia of life (2018) NatureServe

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-03-06
Research By: JAM

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