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Arkansas Bluestar

Amsonia hubrichtii

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Arkansas Bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii) at Minor's Garden Center

Arkansas Bluestar in bloom

Arkansas Bluestar in bloom

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Arkansas Bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii) at Minor's Garden Center

Arkansas Bluestar flowers

Arkansas Bluestar flowers

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Arkansas Bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii) at Minor's Garden Center

Arkansas Bluestar

Arkansas Bluestar

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Height:  30 inches

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Narrow-Leaf Blue Star

Ornamental Features

Arkansas Bluestar has steel blue star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which are interesting on close inspection. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its ferny leaves are lime green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous harvest gold in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Arkansas Bluestar is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Arkansas Bluestar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Arkansas Bluestar will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by cuttings.

Sizes Available:

4.5" Cont. $5.99

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Edging  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features
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