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Amsonia (am-soh-nee-uh), Blue Stars; Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae). Amsonia have small funnel-shaped flowers. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best fall foliage color usually occurs in full sun. Flowers generally last longer if given some afternoon shade in hot sun areas, however, stems may open up and flop with too much shade, however. Consider cutting back the stems by about 6 inches after flowering to help keep stems upright and to shape plants into a nice foliage mound.

This easy care, heat and humidity tolerant, deer resistant perennial is an excellent choice for gardeners looking for low maintenance or native perennials.

Attributes: Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant. Borders, rock gardens, native plant garden, cottage garden or open woodland area. Best when massed.

  • Amsonia 'String Theory'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Amsonia 'String Theory' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Amsonia 'String Theory' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: Blue Star'String Theory' can be described as a compact version of the industry standard Amsonia hubrichtii. The compact habit is covered with light periwinkle blue flowers in late spring, flowering...

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  • Amsonia 'Starstruck'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Amsonia 'Starstruck' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Amsonia 'Starstruck' PPAF Common Name: Blue StarAlthough this plant will catch your eye in the spring with its sparkling star-shaped, sky blue flowers, you'll be wowed by what follows. An incredibly full habit of vibrant green leaves with lighter midribs...

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  • Amsonia 'Blue Ice'

    Amsonia 'Blue Ice' (25) BR Plants

    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...

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