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Blue Star Flower Amsonia tabernaemontana

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
am-SO-nee-ah tab-er-nay-mon-TAY-nah
Description

Amsonia tabernaemontana, commonly called Bluestar, is a native herbaceous perennial which occurs most frequently in rich, open woods and thickets. It is an erect, clump-forming plant which features terminal, pyramidal clusters of 3/4", soft light blue, star-like flowers in late spring atop erect, leafy stems growing 2-3' tall. Narrow, willow-shaped, dull green foliage may turn an attractive yellow in fall.

One of our most beautiful native species, Amsonia makes a delicate display from the mountains to the coast. The light blue flowers are followed by elongated, pod-like fruits containing hard, black seeds which can be used for propagation. This plant is resistant to damage by deer

 

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems:  Rust may occur.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#butterflies#sun#full sun#partial shade#blue#spring#perennial#resistant#wildlife plant#wildflowers#showy#blue flowers#cut flowers#NC native#deer resistant#butterfly garden#native wildflower#butterfly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#sun#full sun#partial shade#blue#spring#perennial#resistant#wildlife plant#wildflowers#showy#blue flowers#cut flowers#NC native#deer resistant#butterfly garden#native wildflower#butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Amsonia
    Species:
    tabernaemontana
    Family:
    Apocynaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central & E. U.S.A
    Wildlife Value:
    Butterflies feed on the nectar from the blooms.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    deer
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • 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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Description:
    soft light blue, star-like flowers in early spring
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Fairy Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer