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Eastern Bluestar


Amsonia tabernaemontana

Bluestar is a native herbaceous perennial found in wet, sandy, prosperous, open, and rocky woods and thickets. It has an erect, clump-forming growth pattern, with beautiful flower clusters of 3/4", light blue, star-like flowers open atop upright and leafy stems in late spring. Its narrow, willow-shaped, dull green foliage may turn yellow in fall. The plant can be cut close to the ground or left for winter interest.

It grows best in full sun, and if not possible, the plant may need to use staking due to its floppy form. Cutting the stems back after flowing will create a more rounded, neater appearance.

Drought tolerant once established.
One of our most beautiful native species, Amsonia, makes a light display from the mountains to the coast. The pale blue flowers become elongated, pod-like fruits containing hard, black seeds utilized for propagation. This plant is resistant to deer and other herbivores due to the foliage containing toxic white latex.


Height: 2’-3’
Spread: 2’-3’
Bloom: March-May
Light: Part Shade
Water: High 
Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Origin: Central & Eastern U.S.

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