Willow blue-star

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Willow blue-star (Amsonia tabernaemontana)
am-SO-nee-ah tab-er-nay-mon-TAN-ah
Genus:  Amsonia
In addition to willow blue-star’s small but charming clusters of blue flowers in late spring, it has upright, willow-like leaves that turn clear yellow in fall.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Will grow to 3 feet in a moist bed and only 2 feet in a sunnier dry bed.
Care:  Grow in full sun to light shade and average soil. Moister soil will result in a taller plant, but this Amsonia can take drier soil as well.
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
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Meadow Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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