Light blue star-shaped flowers

Amsonia illustris

Shining Bluestar

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Amsonia illustris offers unique blue star-shaped flowers and a low-maintenance charm to enhance the beauty of garden landscapes across...

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Known for its striking blue star-shaped flowers that appear in spring to early summer, Amsonia illustris adds a touch of elegance to garden beds. These blossoms, complemented by its fine-textured, deep green foliage, create a lovely contrast in the garden and continue to provide visual interest even after the flowers fade.

Amsonia illustris thrives in various soil types and light conditions, though it particularly excels in partial to full sun. Its adaptability, drought tolerance, and resistance to deer make it an easy-care addition to any garden.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, this plant is a magnet for pollinators, attracting bees and butterflies, which is especially beneficial for supporting local wildlife in New Jersey. As a hardy perennial, it offers long-lasting beauty year after year, requiring minimal maintenance.

Plant Details:

Other Common Names: Ozark Blue Star, Showy Bluestar, Swamp Bluestar

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: No

Bloom Times: Spring, Late Spring to Early Summer

Bloom Colors: Blue

Deer Resistance: High

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

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

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Sandy, Clay

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Acidic, Slightly Acidic

Light Needs of Plant

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 2 - 3 ft

Spread: 1 - 1.5 ft

Growth Rate: Medium