Arkansas blue star

Amsonia hubrichtii

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Arkansas blue star (Amsonia hubrichtii)
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Synonyms:  A. hubrechtii
Genus:  Amsonia
Arkansas blue star's delicate, willow-like foliage is topped with pale blue star-shaped flowers in spring. The light green foliage looks good all summer, turns a beautiful golden-yellow in fall, and can stand through most of the winter, adding interest especially when mixed with grasses and other attractive seedheads. It grows to almost 3 feet tall and wide.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This U.S. native offers a long season of interest, with its blue spring flowers, attractive feathery leaves, and golden yellow fall color. It may look haggard when young; it doesn't shine until a few years old.
Care:  Plant in full sun to partial shade and average, well-drained soil. It is a low-maintenance plant that is also deer-resistant.
Propagation:  Sow seeds in containers in spring or autumn. Divide in spring. Root softwood cuttings in early summer.
Problems:  Rust.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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