Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia (Pursh) Woodson

Blue Star

Family: Apocynaceae

Genus: Amsonia

Parent: Amsonia tabernaemontana

Category: Perennial

Zones: 3 to 9

Size: To 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Light blue star-like flowers in spring. Willow-like, dull green leaves. May have good yellow autumn color. Differs from the species in having less erect stems and narrower leaves. Well-drained soil, loamy, moist. May need staking in shady locations. Easy to grow and maintain (Oudolf).


Published in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 15: 406 in 1928.

Basionym Amsonia salicifolia Pursh.

Native to the eastern US. A naturally occurring variation.

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