Androstephium coeruleum (Scheele) Greene
Blue Funnel-lily, Prairie Lily, Funnel-flower, Fragrant Lily
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Synonym(s): Androstephium caeruleum
USDA Symbol: ANCO9
This attractive plant is unusual in that the leaves are much longer than the plant is tall. It grows to about 1 foot or less, but the smooth, gray-green leaves are often 12-18 inches long. The flowers have 6 tepals, which may be white, bluish, or lavender; they are partly joined to form a tube. The flower has a pleasant, spicy fragrance. This is an early spring flower.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: To about 1 foot in height.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Tepals typically baby blue or lavender in color; sometimes white.
DistributionUSA: KS , OK , TX
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
BibliographyBibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Androstephium coeruleum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Androstephium coeruleum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Androstephium coeruleum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-04-10
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus