I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of stars makes me dream
– Vincent Van Gogh
I was lucky to find Blue Stars (Chamaescilla Corymbosa) appear in our bush garden this Spring and this pen and watercolour painting followed:
I love the way the seed pods look heart-shaped from certain angles.
Blue Stars are also called Blue Squill or Mudrurt. It is a tuberous perennial that grows to 10 – 15 cms high with grass-like leaves.
My research to identify this plant educated me about Blue Stars of the astronomical kind and I couldn’t help but draw parallels between them and the intense, short life of Vincent Van Gogh and his dramatic death!
Blue Stars are very large and compact, burning their fuel very quickly so are very hot and extremely bright. They die in a spectacular way – they explode! Find out more http://www.kidsastronomy.com/stars/blue_giant_star.html