Arkansas blue star
Common Name: Arkansas blue star
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has colourful autumn foliage, Long flowering period
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 0.60 m (60 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shade||Spread: 0.45 m (45 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: Blue|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering 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.
Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia