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Arkansas blue star

Amsonia hubrichtii

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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 CharacteristicsThis 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.

CarePlant in full sun to partial shade and average, well-drained soil. It is a low-maintenance plant that is also deer-resistant.

PropagationSow seeds in containers in spring or autumn. Divide in spring. Root softwood cuttings in early summer.


  • Genus : Amsonia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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