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Amsonia ciliata

Common Name(s):
Blue star, Creeping blue star, Downy blue star, Fringe blue star
'Georgia Pancake'
Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers

Amsonia ciliata, or blue star is a clump-forming perennial that is native from North Carolina to Florida west to Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. It is generally found in sandy soils. It typically grows to 2-3’ tall. Terminal clusters of star-like, light blue flowers bloom in mid-spring (May) atop generally erect stems clad with narrow, almost needle-like, green leaves. Foliage turns attractive shades of yellow in fall. This plant is commonly called blue star or fringed blue star or downy amsonia or creeping blue star.

Regions: Piedmont, Coastal Plains

Seasons of Interest:  

      Bloom: Spring   Foliage: Fall

Wildlife Value: Flowers attract butterflies.  Butterflies feed on the nectar from the blooms.  This plant tolerates damage by deer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious insect or disease problems.   The stems will flop over if the plant is given too much shade.

2-3 ft.
Plant in groups
Flower Color:
2-3 ft.
The blue star is a small, tidy plant with narrow leaves.
The blue star has pale blue, star-shaped blooms that occur in clusters held high above the foliage.
Blue star is a low maintenance herbaceous perennial in the Apocynaceae family. It grows in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil preferring sandy soils with regular moisture. You will see the best fall foliage color when planted in full sun, but flowers will last longer if given some light afternoon shade in hot sun areas. Cutting back the stems to 8-10” after flowering will promote bushy growth and, if desired, to further reduce the outside stem height so as to create a more rounded foliage mound. It works well planted in borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens, or open woodland areas looking best when planted in groups or massed.
Full sun to partial shade
Sandy, well drained, medium moisture
Southeastern US
woodland, showy flowers, fall leaves, low maintenance, fall color, nectar, deer resistant, cottage, fall interest, rock garden, boarder, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 3287

 Amsonia ciliata Form
David J. Stang, CC BY - 4.0
 Amsonia ciliata Leaves
Krzysztof Golik, CC BY-SA - 4.0
 Amsonia ciliata Flowers
Agnieszka Kwiecien, CC BY-SA - 4.0
 Amsonia ciliata var. filifolia 'Georgia Pancake' Amsonia ciliata var. filifolia 'Georgia Pancake'
JC Raulston Arboretum
Amsonia ciliata var. filifolia 'Georgia Pancake' Amsonia ciliata var. filifolia 'Georgia Pancake' flowers
JC Raulston Arboretum