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Question: I am searching for an old flower. My father called it scilla. The closest I have come is M. ciliata, Mountain bluebell.

It is a small blue perennial that propagates itself and blooms in May probably. My grandfather planted this little flower and I was told that it was poisonous and not to pick it. My grandfather didn't much care if I picked the flowers or not. This flower still covers the side yard by the old homestead. I am 65 year old so it's been around for a long time.

Would this flower grow in the mountains of CA? I would love to have a history and picture of this flower?

Answer: The plant you're seeking may be Amsonia ciliata. It has beautiful foliage and flowers early, with lacy blue flowers of icy blue on upright stems. The blue of the bud before bloom is more intense. Foliage is dark green, long and slender, on stems up to 3-4 feet in height. Good foliage to the base of the plant even late in the season. Stems arch as they heighten after bloom.

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