Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

Shining Blue Star

Amsonia illustris
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Wetland, Stream Edge
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Blue, White
Fall Color: Gold
Hardy From Zone: 5
Hardy To Zone: 9
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

3 to
4
feet

Spread:

3 to
4
feet
Size
Height: 3 to
4
feet
Spread: 3 to
4
feet
Size
Height: 3 to
4
feet
Spread: 3 to
4
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Plant in the border, native plant garden, or naturalized areas.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grows best in well-drained moist soil in full sun or partial shade. Handles a wide range of soil conditions.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fragrant, Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

Rounded spikes of starry, sky blue flowers emerge in spring and last for several weeks. Deep green willowlike leaves turn bright gold in the fall. The plant takes on a substantial rounded form in the garden. Swallowtail butterflies love the nectar. Sometimes called Ozark Blue Star. May be planted as a hedge.

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