Blue stars buds
In the last picture you could make out a few buds of Amsonia ciliata, but the blue stars of the plant’s flowers stole the show. This follow-up photograph gives the buds their due. It also lets you see the little hairs, or cilia, that explain the species name ciliata. This photograph comes from the same trip to Kathy Comer’s property northwest of Austin as the previous one.
For more information, and to see a state-clickable map of the places in the southeastern United States where blue stars grow, you can visit the USDA website.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman