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Amsonia illustris

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: blue

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, clumping, cottage garden plant, deer resistant, fall interest, ornamental foliage

Amsonia illustris (Ozark bluestar)
  • Amsonia illustris (Ozark bluestar)
  • Amsonia illustris (Ozark bluestar)
  • Amsonia illustris (Ozark bluestar)
  • Amsonia illustris (Ozark bluestar)

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Amsonia illustris

Also known as:

Ozark bluestar


showy blue-star


Missouri blue star


swamp bluestar

Scientific Synonyms:

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Gentianales
Family Apocynaceae Dogbane family
Genus Amsonia bluestar
Species Amsonia illustris Ozark bluestar