Amsonia tabernaemontana salicifolia (Eastern Bluestar)

Height: 18 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Light: Sun to partial sun
Soil: Average, well-drained soil
Description: A lesser known, but equally awesome cousin of Arkansas Bluestar (A. hubrichtii— Perennial plant of the year for 2010). Dark-green, glossy, willowy leaves hold up very well throughout summer’s hottest months. Orange-yellow fall color is specatcular! Showy clusters of blue, star-shaped flowers appear in late spring. Smells a little like vanilla. Deer resistant.

Image: JC Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina State University; Photographer: Mark Weathington
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