Amsonia 'Blue Ice''
Common Name: Blue Star.
Zones 3 to 9
Full sun to Part Shade.
Mature height of 12 to 16 inches and a spread of 18 to 24 inches.
Herbaceous perennial, an erect, clump-forming, compact cultivar does not need to be cut back after flowering, and generally requires no staking or support when grown in full sun to part shade.
Navy blue buds in late spring, open to clusters of periwinkle blue, star-shaped flowers. Larger than the species it is also more compact and produces darker blue flowers. The narrow, willow-shaped, foliage turns a rich shade of yellow in fall. Amsonia adds a billowy, finely textured element to the landscape. It grows into a dense mass, much like a small shrub.
'Blue Ice' is a selected seedling from A. tabernaemontana which is native to North America.
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil, it prefers moist, loamy soils. Low-maintenance, easy to grow and trouble-free, Amsonia thrives in most gardens with little care. If grown in too much shade or very rich soil, its habit will be open and floppy. This plant grows fairly large but it will not need to be divided for many years. Cutting the stems back to within 6 to 8 of the ground after flowering will result in fuller growth. Parentage: A. tabernaemontana seedling.
Attributes: Borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens or open woodland areas. Best when massed. Compact size also enables use as an edging plant., Easy to grow. Deer resistant.
Mature field grown plant shipped bare root.