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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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2-3 Feet


12-24 Inches

Bloom Color


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.

Full sun in a moderately fertile soil is ideal. If planted in shade or higly fertile soil, the growth will be open and floppy. The spread is not rapid enough to require frequent division. Cutting the stems back after flowering will increase the density of the plant. Propagate by seed, spring cuttings, or division in the spring. - Steven Still, Manual of Herbaceous Ornamental Plants

Good Substitutions

threadleaf bluestar Amsonia hubrichtii
bluestar Amsonia 'Blue Ice'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative (FAC)
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Native to North America
Ornamental Foliage
Clay Tolerance
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Propagation Type