Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, average, loam, sand
Bloom Time: March, April, May
Bloom Color: lavender, blue
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: clumping, cottage garden plant, cut flowers, fall interest, mounding, naturalizing, shade garden plant
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Amsonia tabernaemontanaAlso known as:
The eastern bluestar is a neat, clumping perennial that can form a mound 4' tall and 4' in diameter. The elongated leaves are lance-shaped and light-green growing on smooth, erect stems. In spring, the plants display a profusion of delicate, pale blue to lavender star-shaped flowers on terminal clusters. The foliage provides good visual interest in fall when it will turn an attractive yellow.
Easy to grow in average soil and light conditions. Amsonia tabernaemontana prefers moist, well-drained soil but is moderately drought tolerant. Its form is tall and compact if planted in a sunny location. If located in a shadier spot, pruning it back by 1/3 is recommended to encourage a fuller appearance. This bluestar can be used as a spectacular specimen in an informal cottage garden, as a transitional mass planting at the edge of woodlands, or in an open-shade garden. It blooms as early as March in the warmer limits of its extensive natural range, and as late as May in colder areas. Zones 5-8
May be propagated by division of mature clumps in early spring. Fresh seeds will germinate immediately after sowing. Stored seeds will remain viable for several years but will require soaking and nicking to improve germination. Plants propagated from seeds will flower the second year after germination.
The botanical family name Apocynaceae, is derived from the Greek apocynum, meaning noxious or distasteful to dogs; hence the common family name Dogbane.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA
USDA Endangered Status:
- Special Concern: TN
- Threatened: KY
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