Amsonia hubrichtii Woodson

Narrow-leaf Bluestar, Arkansas Amsonia, Hubricht’s Bluestar

Newly planted

Newly planted


Family: Apocynaceae

Genus: Amsonia

Category: Perennial

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: Up to 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Powder blue/white flowers in April and May, but primarily grown for golden autumn foliage color (best in full sun). Needle-shaped leaves. Well-drained soil. Deer resistant. Foliage is narrow, bright green and soft looking.


Discovered in 1942 by Leslie Hubricht and introduced into cultivation by Woodlanders. Native to the Ouachita Mountains in central Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Published in Rhodora 45: 328 in 1943. During the fall of 1942, my friend Leslie Hubricht brought to my attention a dried specimen of an Amsonia which he had collected in Garland County, Arkansas, and which he considered distinct from the narrow-leaved Amsonia of the "bald knobs"of the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks currently treated as A. ciliata var. filifolia Wood. At the time, I was quite sceptical and insisted upon waiting until living plants, which Mr. Hubricht had thoughtfully obtained, had bloomed in the experimental plots of the Missouri Botanical Garden. These plants have now bloomed, and a comparison with the plants from the bald knobs, which we have had growing in the Garden for many years, completely vindicates their separation.

2011 Perennial Plant of the Year (Perennial Plant Association).


My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in October 2010 and planted it in the 'One Of Everything' garden. It bloomed sparsely the first spring but in spring 2012 it put on a much better show, starting to bloom in mid april and continuing into May.

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