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Amsonia hubrichtii (Arkansas blue star)

Amsonia hubrichtii Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Amsonia hubrichtii am-SO-nee-ah hew-BRIK-tee-eye Common Name: Arkansas blue star 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.
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
Tolerance Deer Tolerant
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, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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