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Blue Star (Amsonia tabernaemontana), also known as Eastern Bluestar, is a charming native perennial renowned for its delicate, star-shaped, pale blue flowers that bloom in clusters from late spring to early summer. The flowers are held above attractive, narrow, willow-like foliage that turns a beautiful golden-yellow in the fall, providing multi-season interest.

This hardy perennial thrives in medium-moisture, well-drained soils and prefers full sun to partial shade. It is adaptable to a variety of garden conditions, from moist woodland edges to sunny borders. Native to the southeastern United States, Blue Star is well-suited to the region's climate and is a versatile addition to native plant gardens.

Ecologically, Blue Star plays a valuable role in supporting local wildlife. Its flowers provide nectar for bees and butterflies, making it an excellent choice for pollinator gardens. The plant's foliage offers cover for small creatures, while the seeds attract birds in the fall.

In landscaping, Blue Star is prized for its striking blue flowers, attractive foliage, and fall color. It works well in mixed borders, naturalized areas, and as a specimen plant. Its clump-forming habit and moderate size make it suitable for a range of garden styles, from formal to informal. By incorporating Blue Star into your garden, you can enjoy its elegant beauty while supporting local wildlife and promoting ecological balance, particularly in regions like Mississippi and the southeastern United States.

Blue Star - Amsonia tabernaemontana

  • Zone: 3-9
    Spread: 2-3 feet
    Height: 2-3 feet
    Sun: Full sun to partial shade
    Water: Medium
    Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer
    Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and birds


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