Color: White with a green or blue tint
Common name: Woolly Bluestar
Latin name: Amsonia tomentosa
Height: up to 24 inches
Description: This is a woody plant with many erect stems. The plant has two forms, a green glabrous (hairless) form, and a gray woolly form. The flowers are about an inch in diameter, are tubular at the base and have flat faces with five petals in clusters up to a dozen.
Leaf: The leaves are oval but pointed, and about 3 centimeters long.
Range: San Bernardino Mountains (n slope), s Desert Mountains, Sonoran Desert
Habitat: Desert plains, canyons
Elevation: 300–1800 m.
Flowering time: Mar–May
Notes: Amsonia tomentosa, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. "Tomentosa" is Latin for "dense hairs." This plant was photographed April 11, 2004 in the Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County, California. Distribution outside California: to Utah.
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