The plants bloom sometime in spring; The flowers are followed by interesting seed pods. The soft, billowy foliage of blue star allows it to fit in almost anywhere. It pairs especially well with larger leaved plants, like peonies and hosta. A classic favorite combination is blue star paired with the seed heads of oat grass. soft blue, star-shaped flowers. The individual flowers are small, but they bloom in fluffy clusters and put on a lovely show for several weeks. Blue star flowers are one of the truest blues you will find in flower colors.

Blue Star

Selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 75 Great Plants for American Gardens, Amsonia tabernaemontana (Blue Star) is an exceptional perennial with early-season blue flowers, attractive summer foliage, a sturdy habit and golden fall color. Amsonia tabernaemontana features clusters of delicate, pale blue, star-shaped flowers borne on erect, sturdy, leafy stems in late spring - early summer. the flowers attract long-tongued insects such as carpenter bees, hummingbird moths, and butterflies. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are also attracted to the nectar. The blossoms rise above a graceful, willow-shaped, upright foliage that pleasantly colors up in the fall. This beauty is also low maintenance, disease and insect resistant, making this eastern U.S. native a first-rate garden plant. Eastern bluestar is a robust herbaceous native perennial native to the Midwest. Multiple single stems emerging from a basal crown often branch near the top to form a dense, shrubby plant that grows to 3½ feet tall and 2 feet wide. Lance-shaped leaves of a rich medium green are whorled up long stems that terminate in compact panicles of striking ¾-inch, bright blue star-shaped flowers that offer up a showy display from late spring through early summer. Narrow beanlike pods will often form after flowering and can offer additional late-season interest. Autumn’s cool weather brings a sunny yellow foliage display from eastern bluestar; the rich brown color of the primary veins contrasts nicely with the golden willowlike leaves.

Purchased this as a bare-root plant via a favorite on-line grower in Iowa last winter. It was shipped in late April 2020 and planted immediately. Within a few weeks the plant had become robust and was setting a few buds. Those buds became lovely blue star-shaped blossoms in my landscape, which added an unusual and attractive visual interest. These Amsonia (aka Star Struck) require little care, yet have an outstanding presence with the foliage the entire growing season. After the first heavy frost I simply cut them back close to the ground. I did mulch the first year, but do not plan to do so unless necessary for water retention.There are several species of Amsonia, all herbaceous perennials in the dogbane family (Apocynaceae), grown as garden ornamentals with the common name of called bluestar (including A. hubrectii). A. tabernamontana – with various common names including willowleaf bluestar, willow amsonia, blue dogbane, blue star-willow, eastern bluestar, and woodland bluestar – is native to the southeastern US, from Texas to Florida and up to southern Missouri and Illinois to southern New York. Found naturally in open woods, borders of streams, limestone glades, and moist sandy meadows, this long-lived plant is hardy in zones 3 to 9. It was chosen by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 75 Great Plants for American Gardens. (Source: hort.extension.wisc.edu)


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