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Amsonia tabernaemontana

Eastern Bluestar

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Eastern Bluestar is an easy-to-grow, clump-forming perennial. Clusters of light blue, star-shaped flowers bloom at the top of stems in late spring...

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Description:

Eastern Bluestar is an easy-to-grow, clump-forming perennial. Clusters of light blue, star-shaped flowers bloom at the top of stems in late spring to early summer. Eastern Bluestar can be cut back by a third to a half after flowering to keep the plants from flopping over. The narrow, willow-shaped leaves turn yellow in the fall. Eastern Bluestar prefers moist, well-drained soils, but will tolerate some drought once established. Use it as an accent plant, or massed in shade gardens or along margins of woodland gardens.

Plant Details:

Other Common Names: Willow Amsonia, Willow Bluestar

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: Yes

Deer Resistance: Some

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Sandy

Soil Moisture: Well-drained, Medium-drained

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Partial Shade

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Well-drained, Medium-drained

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 2 - 3 ft

Spread: 2 - 3 ft

Growth Rate: Medium