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. Grows well in poorly drained clay soil.
Header Photo: Mervin Wallace
Shining Blue Star
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