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Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia (Eastern Blue Star)

Eastern Blue Star, Eastern Bluestar, Amsonia salicifolia


Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia (Eastern Blue Star) is an erect, clump-forming perennial adorned with open clusters of star-shaped, pale blue flowers with white throats in late spring - early summer. Blooming for 4-6 weeks, they rise atop erect, leafy stems above a graceful foliage of willow-shaped, bright green leaves. Very slender, the leaves are 5-10 times longer than they are wide. They turn a rich shade of golden-yellow in the fall, extending the season of interest of this plant. With early-season blue flowers, attractive summer foliage, a sturdy habit and golden fall color, it is a first-rate garden plant.

  • Grows up to 24-36 in. tall and wide (60-90 cm).
  • Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Thrives in loamy, moist soils (but not soggy)! Once established, this plant is somewhat drought tolerant.
  • Undemanding and virtually pest-free and disease-free, Eastern Blue Star is a welcomed addition to borders, shade gardens, prairie plantings or cottage gardens. Best visual impact in mass plantings.
  • Deer resistant, clay tolerant.
  • If grown in full sun, this plant will not require staking or pruning. In part shade, this plant has a tendency to flop, therefore it will need to be pruned or staked. Cut back by 30% to 50% after flowering to maintain shape, prevent the plant from flopping over and promote a bushy growth.
  • Contact with the milky sap may cause skin irritation.
  • Native to the southeastern United States

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Amsonia - Bluestar
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Amsonia - Bluestar
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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