Amsonia Halfway to Arkansas Live Plant Blue Star Perennial May Flowers MAGNIFICENT FALL COLOR Attract Butterflies Deer Resistant 2.5 pot
Amsonia Halfway to Arkansas Live Plant Blue Star Perennial May Flowers MAGNIFICENT FALL COLOR Attract Butterflies Deer Resistant 2.5 pot

Amsonia Halfway to Arkansas Live Plant Blue Star Perennial May Flowers MAGNIFICENT FALL COLOR Attract Butterflies Deer Resistant 2.5 pot

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Botanical Name: Amsonia ciliata 'Halfway to Arkansas'

Common Name: Blue Star

Bloomtime: May

Flower: Blue

Plant Height: 24 to 36 inches

Foliage: Green

Plant size: Live plant, 2.5" plug

Requirements: Full Sun. Medium moisture in rich, fertile soil for best results.

Life-cycle: Perennial

Multiply: Yes

Leaf: Good Fall Color

Attracts: Butterflies

Tolerate: Deer

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9


Culture

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Prefers sandy soils with regular moisture and sharp drainage. Best fall foliage color usually occurs in full sun, but flowers generally last longer if given some light afternoon shade in hot sun areas. Stems tend to open up and flop in too much shade. Consider cutting back the stems to 8-10” after flowering to promote bushy growth and, if desired, to further reduce the outside stem height so as to create a more rounded foliage mound.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Amsonia ciliata is a clump-forming perennial that is native from North Carolina to Florida west to Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. It is generally found in sandy soils. It typically grows to 2-3’ tall. Terminal clusters of star-like, light blue flowers bloom in mid spring (May) atop generally erect stems clad with narrow, almost needle-like, green leaves. Foliage turns attractive shades of yellow in fall. This plant is commonly called bluestar or fringed bluestar or downy amsonia.

Genus name honors 18th-century Virginian physician Dr. Charles Amson.

Specific epithet means hairy-margined in reference to the fringe of hairs found on new leaves and plant stems (hence the sometimes use of fringed or downy in the common name).

‘Halfway to Arkansas’ was introduced by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens of Hebron, Illinois. It has clusters of pale blue star-shaped flowers and grows 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide. In autumn, its leaves turn gold with purple brown highlights, reportedly later than other bluestars.

Problems

No serious pest or disease problems.

Uses

Borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens or open woodland areas. Best when planted in groups or massed.
Amsonia Halfway to Arkansas Live Plant Blue Star Perennial May Flowers MAGNIFICENT FALL COLOR Attract Butterflies Deer Resistant 2.5 pot
Amsonia Halfway to Arkansas Live Plant Blue Star Perennial May Flowers MAGNIFICENT FALL COLOR Attract Butterflies Deer Resistant 2.5 pot
Amsonia Halfway to Arkansas Live Plant Blue Star Perennial May Flowers MAGNIFICENT FALL COLOR Attract Butterflies Deer Resistant 2.5 pot
Amsonia Halfway to Arkansas Live Plant Blue Star Perennial May Flowers MAGNIFICENT FALL COLOR Attract Butterflies Deer Resistant 2.5 pot