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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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An occasional perennial of floodplain forests and wet hammocks in the northern counties from Bradford and Alachua west, south into Levy County, scattered through the eastern and central panhandle, plus Escambia County. The range includes bluffs, woodlands and streambeds through the southeast and lower midwest, west into Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, and northeast into New York and Massachusetts. Not occurring in West Virginia, Connecticut or Rhode Island.
Distinguished from the other Amsonia found in Florida, A. ciliata by wider, lanceolate to elliptic leaves that are short-petiolate on the upper portion of the plant.
Growing to one meter (~3ft.) high, with loosely branched smooth stems and having milky sap. The numerous pale blue star shaped flowers have a hairy five-lobed corolla. The fruits are paired, erect, linear follicles 5-10 cm (2-4 in.) long.