Amsonia hubrechtii Blue Star (4) 1-gallons
Common Name: Blue Star, Arkansas Amsonia
This southern native has very narrow, needle-like leaves that line the stems like bottle brushes. Surprisingly, they are soft as silk to the touch. From late spring thru early summer, 2-3" wide clusters of small, light blue, star-shaped flowers are borne above the short mound of ferny foliage. After blooming, it quickly grows to reach a height of about 3 feet.
Amsonia adds a billowy, finely textured element to the landscape. It grows into a dense mass, much like a small shrub. The cool blue flowers can be useful in toning down adjacent flower colors.
The most valuable feature of A. hubrichtii is its fall color; the entire plant turns a stunning shade of golden yellow. It makes an excellent backdrop for fall-blooming perennials such as sedums and garden mums.
Amsonia thrives in most gardens with little care. It is low-maintenance, easy to grow and trouble-free. Plant it in full sun or partial shade and moist soil of average fertility. 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 6-8" of the ground after flowering will result in fuller growth.
Amsonia hubrichtii is native to fields and meadows in the midwest. It can be found growing naturally in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
Missouri Botanical Garden Emeritus Plants of Merit
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Plant -- 2014
2011 Perennial Plant of the Year
Height: 3.0 Feet
Spread: 3.0 Feet
Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9
Flower Color: Blue shades
Foliage Color: Green shades
Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun) - Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Average to Consistent Water Needs
Poor to Average Soil Quality
Bloomtime: Late Spring - Early Summer
Seasonal Interest: Fall Color
Growth Rate: Rapid
Border Plant, Cut Foliage, Easy To Grow, Mass Planting, Specimen, Focal Point, Native to North America
(4) 1-gallon containers ready to plant, plants maybe trimmed for shipping,