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Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia (eastern bluestar)
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Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia

eastern bluestar

This long-lived, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial features three to four weeks of light blue, star-shaped flowers in spring. Terminal flower clusters are followed by ornamental seed pods. Narrow, willow-shaped foliage transitions from green into attractive shades of yellow in fall. An easy to grow, no-fuss native perfectly suited for the perennial border. Beautiful when used en masse along the perennial border or in a fresh cut arrangement.

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Height

2-3 Feet

Spacing

12-24 Inches

Bloom Color

Blue

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

eastern bluestar Interesting Notes

The species name commemorates the 16th-century German herbalist Jakobus Theodorus Tabernaemontanus.

Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best in moist to wet soils in full to part sun.

Good Substitutions

bluestar Amsonia 'Blue Ice'
threadleaf bluestar Amsonia hubrichtii

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Wet
Average
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Green Infrastructure
Meadow/Prairie
Attributes
Native to North America
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Vegetative