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Arkansas Blue Star

1-Quart
Item # 48387
was $12.95
sale $10.36
Buy 3+ at was $11.95
sale $10.36 ea
Buy 6+ at $9.95 ea

2011 Perennial of the Year!

From spring blooms to brilliant fall color, this native plant delights!
At last, Arkansas Blue Star gets the recognition it so richly deserves! Named the 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year, it is suddenly on everyone's wish list. We're pleased to make it available here, and to add our voice to the chorus of praise for this low maintenance, deer- and drought-resistant native perennial. For multi-season interest in color, texture, and form, there's nothing to beat it!

Every season brings a new color show with this delightfully easy, hard-working native plant. In late spring and early summer, masses of tiny, sky-blue blooms add cool tones to the sunny garden. In summer, the finely-cut, feathery dark green foliage forms a rich backdrop for your showy annuals and perennials. And in fall, the leaves turn a blazing golden-yellow that rivals Japanese Maples for intensity and beauty!

Arkansas Blue Star Flower is a modest little plant, just 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide, with a bushy, unfussy habit that gives little hint of the riches it has in store for you. A good neighbor in the border or bed (it is not invasive, but can hold its own with competing roots), it is especially attractive planted among ornamental grasses and in front of fragrant shrubs such as Clethra 'Ruby Spice,' which not only shares its sweet scent with Amsonia but also participate in the fall foliage show!

Content in any well-drained soil receiving full sun to light shade, Arkansas Blue Star Flower tolerates dry soil and drought once established. It is generally unpalatable to deer, but butterflies and bees simply cannot get enough. Soft to the touch, billowy and beautiful, is an all-season investment in the landscape. Plant several -- spacing them about 3 feet apart -- for a glorious ribbon of fall color! Zones 5-9.

Genus2 Amsonia
Species hubrichtii
Variety Arkansas Blue Star
ItemForm 1-Quart
Zone 5 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Late Spring - Early Summer
Habit Mound-shaped
PlantHeight 3 ft
PlantWidth 4 ft
AdditionalCharacteristics Award Winner, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fall Foliage Changes, Flower, Free Bloomer, Native
BloomColor Light Blue
FoliageColor Dark Green, Mix, Yellow
LightRequirements Full Sun, Part Shade
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Average Based on 3 Reviews Write a Review
Not as Showy
3rd Yr Charm from NC wrote (March 01, 2013):
I bought this for visual impact and specimen. It does tolerate everything that NC winters and summers can throw at it. This is it's 3rd year, it looks most like pics in spring when green with delicate blue flowers. I too never got the brilliant orange/rust/yellow as pictured. One plant is not enough; I would suggest 5 if you are looking for the impact of the pics provided.
Nice
Jenny SB from RI wrote (March 19, 2012):
I planted this in part sun last year, and it looks pretty good. It did turn gold, but it wasn't as vibrant as this photo and the plant isn't as full and lush. I wonder how many plants are in the picture on the website. Hopefully it'll mature more this year and fill out.
All-Around Winner
James from NC wrote (March 18, 2012):
This perennial has it all--cool blue flowers in spring; drought tolerance for those hot, dry summer months; and magnificent foliage for spring, summer, and fall. I'm sure I missed something, because there are too many things going for this plant. An all-around winner!