Amsonia 'Blue Ice'
Amsonia 'Blue Ice'

Amsonia 'Blue Ice'

SKU: S21585
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Common Name: Blue Star
Hardiness Zone: 4-9S/10W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: May-Jun
Mature Height: 15-18" Spacing: 18-24"
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Deer Resistance: Yes
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Any gardener with a damp site in light shade to full sun would do well to plant plenty of Amsonia ‘Blue Ice.’ This first-rate ground cover produces a carpet of star-shaped, periwinkle-blue flowers in May and June, golden yellow fall color, and shiny, Willow-shaped leaves all season long. It has no down time.

‘Blue Ice’ was formerly classified as a compact hybrid of the North American native Amsonia tabernaemontana, but after extensive trials at Mt. Cuba Center, they have deemed this diminutive Blue Star a “horticulturally superior form of the non-native species, A. orientalis.” By either classification, it is an exceptional edging plant for damp sites and will spread gradually by rhizome. 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 or cutting its flowers for indoor display. For more information on the growing and care of Amsonia, click Growing Guide.

For more information on the growing and care of Amsonia, click Growing Guide.




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.


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Average Customer Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (11 Reviews) Write a Review

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Not impressed

I bought 5 of these plants for my perennial gardens in 2023 after attending a seminar at the CT Garden and Flower Show in February. The presenter raved about "Blue Ice" for it's purple flowers in the summer and golden color in the falls. Only 3 of my Amsonia grew at all. The three that did grow hardly produced any flowers and were not very big. I'm hoping they will grow bushier this coming year.
Response from White Flower Farm — 4 months ago (12/29/23 09:16AM)

This really is a great plant, so we are sorry that two of them did not grow. We reached out and arranged for replacements to be sent in the spring. It often takes a year or sometimes more for a plant to hit its stride, but the wait is well worth it.

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Reliable performer

This has been a reliable performer in my northern Virginia garden; lots of heat and humidity, clay soil. Have been having very rainy springs for the past couple of years; maybe that helped. Dark blue buds open to medium blue flowers just as pictured. I pair with a compact orange geum.

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Liable to take over, eventually

I bought this as part of Shady Ladies. It has over the years all but eliminated the digitalis and the painted fern. It did start slowly and did not bloom the first year, I believe, but now puts out a profusion of bloom. So it's a pretty but aggressive addition to the garden.

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Have great luck with Amsonia

I planted about three plants at the front of a shallow (3 ft. Deep) garden area in full sun. They flowered and were very pretty. Every year after that, they have spread. Reliable and attractive I shared with a neighbor. The roots are pretty tough when transplanting. You really need a shovel. And we get a a lot of browsing by deer but they don't bother with this flower.

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Disappointing, still have hope

I found this plant disappointing: slow growing, didn't flower but did survive, leaves were attractive. I bought it to use with yellow and white flowers in a border. I look forward to seeing it next summer when I hope it grow more vigorously and will flower.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: am-so'nee-uh   

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.

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