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Amsonia illustris

Shining Blue Star

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Amsonia illustris (Shining Blue Star)

This branched plant grows up to three feet in height. Dense heads of star-shaped, sky blue flowers bloom in spring for many weeks. Butterflies love the nectar. Deep green, shiny, willowlike leaves turn bright gold to bronze in the fall making this an excellent specimen for any garden.

Additional Information:


Height
3-4 Feet

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Spread
3-4 Feet

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Light Blue


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Appreciates afternoon shade.

Good Companions
Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FAC+

Nature Attracting

Butterfly

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)
Early (Feb-Apr)
Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Moderate

Special Uses

Fragrant

Sun Exposure

Full Sun
Medium Sun/Average Shade

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar