blue star
Amsonia tabernaemontana

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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. Grows well in the average garden soil, it prefers moist, well drained, loamy ones. Can grow in fairly dry soils. To make the plant appear more neat and dense, cut back to about 4-6 inches after flowering. Grows naturally on moist banks and woods. Grows in most of the Eastern States. Blue blooms mid to late spring. Most effective when massed.
goats beard
The species name commemorates the 16th-century German herbalist Jakobus Theodorus Tabernaemontanus. Chosen by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 75 Great Plants for American Gardens.
  • deer resistant
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • native to North America - Eastern U.S.
Season of Bloom
Spring
Height
12-36 inches
Hardiness USDA
Hardiness Zone 3-9
Flower Color
pale blue
Soil
well drained,moist
Exposure
full sun to partial shade
Propagation
division,spring or fall,cuttings Propagate by seed, cuttings, division or separation. Divide in spring or fall while plants are dormant.
Take stem cuttings in late spring or early summer. Seed requires 4 to 6 weeks of cold treatment for good germination. Sow in containers in cold frame in fall or spring.