BlueStar

FAMILY: Apocynaceae | GENUS: AMSONIA

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

These elegant milkweed relatives are native to the South. Plants grow 23 feet high and wide, with narrow leaves and erect stems crowned by clusters of small, star-shaped blue flowers in late spring. They are among the best perennials for fall colorfoliage turns bright yellow in autumn. All are tough plants that succeed in ordinary soil. They tolerate some drought and suffer from few pests. Deer don't eat them.

narrowleaf bluestar

amsonia ciliata

  • From southeastern U.S. Leaves narrower than those of Amsonia tabernaemontana, wider than those of Amsonia hubrichtii.
  • Rich blue flowers; good fall leaf color.

hubricht's bluestar

amsonia hubrichtii

  • Soft leaves are very narrow, almost needlelike.
  • Discovered in Arkansas in 1942 by Leslie Hubricht and considered by many to be the finest of bluestars.
  • It forms a clump to 3 feet tall and wide; blossoms are sky-blue.
  • Fall foliage is an exceptionally bright, clear gold.

shining bluestar

amsonia illustris

  • Native to Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas.
  • Leathery, shiny, willowlike leaves; pale blue blossoms.

louisiana bluestar

amsonia ludoviciana

  • Rare bluestar native to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
  • Backs of leaves are coated with a soft felt.
  • Light blue flowers.

stiff bluestar

amsonia rigida

  • Compact species native to Florida and Georgia.
  • Grows 1122 feet high.
  • Light blue flowers are held atop firm stems.
  • Both leaves and stems are smoky purple when new.

bluestar

amsonia tabernaemontana

  • Native to the Southeast, this is the most commercially available species.
  • It has dull, dark green, willowlike leaves and slate- blue flowers.
  • Two selections with deep blue blossoms are 'Blue Ice', a compact grower to 15 inches tall and 2 feet wide, and 'Louisiana Dwarf', to 112 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
  • Purple has showy purple blooms.

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