Star-like soft blue flower clusters grace this trouble free East Coast native. Willow-like foliage is attractive all season, turning a golden yellow when temperatures cool in the fall. Amsonia Tabernaemontana multi-stemmed clumps gives a billowly fine textured element to the perennial border when planted en masse.
Amsonia are low maintenance mid-western and southern natives that are easy to grow and unbothered by pests or insects. Plants are fairly drought tolerant once established. Exceptional fall foliage color extends the appeal. Adapts to most conditions. Becomes leggy in too much shade.
Easy to grow, best in a moist, slightly acidic soil. Shear back by one third after flowering to maintain a more compact plant. Snap off mature seed pods to prevent over seeding. Bluestars will readily cross pollinate with other amsonias nearby. Clumps can be divided in spring but this is generally not needed for 6 years or more.