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Amsonia tabernaemontana

Amsonia tabernaemontana
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Amsonia tabernaemontana


With its willow-like leaves and clustered blooms, this beautiful native plant looks somewhat similar to garden phlox, but blooms much earlier. Cut back in early spring, to produce a fuller bushier plant.

With leaves that turn golden yellow and the narrow brown seedpods, this is also a beautiful plant in the fall.

Common name: Eastern bluestar; Blue dogbane

Ideal conditions: average moist well-drained soil in full sun to part shade; may become floppy if grown in too much shade or too rich a soil; good drought tolerance

Ideas and companions:

Foliage: 60-90 cm (24-36") in height;

Flowers: 60-90 cm (24-36") in height; 3/4" in diameter, light blue, in clusters; spring; long narrow attractive seedpods in late summer

Coldest zone: 3 (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Season of interest: spring to frost

Native to: south central and south eastern USA

Pronunciation: Amsonia (am-SO-nee-ah) tabernaemontana (tab-er-nay-mon-TAN-ah)

[image plus a map showing its distribution in North America]