In May and June, when this Southeastern native bears clusters of pale blue, five-petaled flowers that are the source of its name, you'll think they are the reason to grow the narrowleaf Bluestar. Come fall, though, when the airy foliage turns to a cloud of gold, you'll be just as sure this is the main attraction. From spring to autumn, the narrow, almost needlelike green leaves and fine texture of Amsonia hubrichtii complement neighbors with bolder foliage. Named Perennial Plant of the Year for 2011.
You'll find this graceful wildflower remarkably accommodating. Though its natural preference is for moist soils, it performs equally well on dry ones, in light shade or full sun. Best of all, this long-lived plant's acrid, milky sap makes it virtually deer-proof. Because it may also irritate the gardener's skin, gloves are advisable when planting Blue Star or cutting its flowers for indoor display.
For more information on the growing and care of Amsonia, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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This is a very special perennial in that its chief charms is its fall color. In the Pacific Northwest it blooms in May. It is tolerant of drier soils once established and prefers full sun. The small pale blue flowers that give it its common name blend with other more showy flowers but are not sufficient reason to grow this plant. Its texture blends well with ornamental grasses and it doesn't really "pop" until it turns color in the fall. It can be used as a single specimen in a mixed or perennial border or massed for striking effect in the fall.
Easy to grow in full sun or partial shade and evenly moist, slightly acidic soil. Golden fall foliage color is probably most vibrant in full sun. Plants rarely if ever need dividing.