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Amsonia ciliata

Description

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.

 

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.

Cultivars:
  • 'Georgia Pancake'
Tags:
#butterflies#showy flowers#fall color#blue#spring#wildlife plant#nectar plant#blue flowers#woodland garden#low maintenance#spring flowers#fall interest#cottage garden#border#rock garden
Cultivars:
  • 'Georgia Pancake'
Tags:
#butterflies#showy flowers#fall color#blue#spring#wildlife plant#nectar plant#blue flowers#woodland garden#low maintenance#spring flowers#fall interest#cottage garden#border#rock garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Amsonia
    Species:
    ciliata
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies.  Butterflies feed on the nectar from the blooms.  This plant tolerates damage by deer.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Description:
    showy flowers
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer