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Blue Stars with White Flowers

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Although it has white flowers, this is clearly a Blue Stars plant.

At the moment, Blue Stars  (Chamaescilla corymbosa var. corymbosa) flowers are coming up everywhere. When the sun is out the grass around the house is dotted with blue.  They also appear in the bush section of the property, but not with the same frequency. In among the blue flowers are two plants with white flowers.  The structure of the flower, with three lines running down each petal and those wonderful yellow-tipped stamens leaves no doubt that it is a Blue Stars plant.

In a brief search through my field guide, I did not find a reference to white flowers,  so I performed a quick Google search.  I have found images showing Blue Stars in a range of shades of blue, right down to very pale blue flowers – and yes,  white flowers as well, so I know my plants are not unique.  Are they a sub-species or just variations within the species?  At this point, I’m not sure.

Blue Stars flowers began appearing in late September, and will continue to flower throughout October.  Perhaps a little longer if I’m lucky!

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Blue Stars as I am accustomed to seeing them – with blue flowers.
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It was terribly windy when I took this photograph of the fully open flower, so it is slightly out of focus. The image will give a good direct comparison between the white flower and the blue flower above.

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Blue Stars with White Flowers

  1. Lisa, these are fantastic flowers! Wild, and beautiful! Thanks so much for posting the photos and for your thorough explanation. Hope you are having a great weekend! 🙂 Fabio

    1. Thanks Fabio – these flowers are so beautiful, but small. Many Australian wildflowers are small and the details only become apparent when viewing them magnified in some way. These ones are a little larger than most, but still only a maximum of 20 mm across. Anyway, I hope you are having a good weekend – or at least you will when it starts! 🙂 Lisa

      1. Thanks so much, Lisa! Little flowers, but they are so beautiful! Still at the office, but no complaints. Thanks again for sharing the beauties of your fifteenacres. With your sharp observations on what is happening around you, the 15-acre plot transforms into acres, acres, and more acres of wild life! 🙂 Fabio

  2. Loving your blog Lisa since finding it a couple of weeks ago while trying to identify my local species. I am currently at Halls Gap having a ball with my camera and the wildflowers.

    1. Thanks Maggie – The Grampians must be spectacular at this time of year. Enjoy it! I don’t live all that far away. so i should make the effort to see it for myself. Thanks for making a comment. It is always good to know what other people are doing. 🙂 Lisa

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