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Blue Star | Plant Profile

Blue Star (Amsonia hubrichtii) is a highly ornamental perennial that brings interest from spring to fall. The spring blooms brings blue star shaped flowers. As fall sets in, the flowers drop and the hair-like foliage turns a bright golden yellow, enveloping the whole plant. When the fall colors set in, these plants become highly ornamental and a focal point of any garden.

Blue Star are relatively easy to grow in full sun to part shade with medium well-drained soil. Too much shade can cause the flowers stalks to droop.

Blue Star have an array of garden applications. They can be massed in fields, meadows, and open woodland areas. They can also be planted nearer to structures to border fences or as ornamental pieces.


Blue Star Characteristics

Blue Star are native to the Midwestern United States and can grow easily in these conditions if located in the correct areas. Varying levels of sunlight can produce different growth with these plants. With more shade, the blue blooms tend to be greater in number and last longer. If given more sun, the bright golden foliage tends to be more vibrant.

If planted in too much shade, it is possible that the stalks that hold the flowers and droop and flop. If this begins to happen, trim the stems after flowering to reduce the overall height. There are no serious diseases or pests that plague these plants, making them a low maintenance and showy option.

Blue Star often attract butterflies but deer are not usually interested. This makes them a prime option for pollinator gardens or wild flower landscapes. Interest is greatest when planted in mass.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones  3 - 9
2.00 - 3.00'
2.00 - 3.00'
Bloom Time
April - May
Full Sun to Part Shade
Deer Resistant?