Arkansas blue star

Amsonia hubrechtii

Arkansas blue star - Amsonia hubrechtii

Common Name: Arkansas blue star
Genus: Amsonia
Species: hubrechtii

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

As the name suggests this plant originates from the area around Arkansas where it's found in well-drained creek banks and surrounding lowlands. This variety has very narrow needle-like leaves that stick out from the stems like a bottle brush. The distictive foliage creates a fine textured billowing feel that forms a dense mass similar to a small shrub. In early summer star-like steel-blue flowers about 1cm across appear and are great for adding cool colour to a border. Long after the flowers have faded in autumn the foliage turns rich buttery shades before the plant dies back for its winter hybernation.

  • Garden care: This plant does not like wet soil especially during the winter so make sure it is planted in a freely draining soil.


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