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Willow Leaf Bluestar Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia

Phonetic Spelling
am-SO-nee-uh tab-er-nay-mon-TAY-nuh sal-iss-ih-FOH-lee-uh
Description

Willow Leaf Bluestar is a native herbaceous perennial in the dogbane family found in all areas of NC. It grows 2-3 feet tall and wide and forms an attractive vase-shaped clump with willow-like leaves that turn a nice yellow in fall. In spring it is adorned with clusters of pale blue star-shaped flowers that are visited by pollinators. It is easy to grow and deer and rabbit resistant. 

Willow Leaf Bluestar is native to moist sites but is adaptable to medium moisture well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. It is adaptable to both clay and sandy soils and is somewhat drought tolerant once established. If grown in shadier conditions the stems may tend to flop over and should be cut to 1/2 their height after flowering to promote bushier growth.

Use this plant in native/pollinator gardens, borders, as an accent or mass planted. It can be sited in moist sites such as rain gardens or edges of waterways as well as drier sites.

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#bees#hummingbirds#fall color#native perennial#blue flowers#spring flowers#NC native#herbaceous perennial#attractive foliage#nectar plant early spring#butterflies
 
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Tags:
#bees#hummingbirds#fall color#native perennial#blue flowers#spring flowers#NC native#herbaceous perennial#attractive foliage#nectar plant early spring#butterflies
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Amsonia
    Species:
    tabernaemontana
    Family:
    Apocynaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and Eastern U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Multi-stemmed
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Follicle
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Narrow cylindrical seed pods 4 to 6 inches long that split along the side to release seeds a row of 8-10 seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Light blue star-shaped flowers with a ring of white hairs in the throat bloom in clusters on terminal stems early to mid-spring into early summer. Each ¾ inch wide flower has a tubular corolla with 5 spreading lobes that narrow to a point at the tips.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Green lanceolate leaves with entire margins up to 6 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Round
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Smooth green stems contain a latex sap
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits