willow leaf blue star
Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia has light blue, star-shaped flowers that grow in clusters at the ends of the stems for almost a month in spring, just as the light green leaves are emerging.
The most common Amsonia to be found in the United States in nature, willow leaf blue star is a clump-forming perennial that grows masses of three-foot by three-foot vase-shaped mounds that fill in to look almost shrub-like by summer. Later in the year, the thin, willow-like foliage matures to a deep green, fading to a beautiful light yellow in the fall. Willow leaf blue star is unpalatable to insect pests and foraging herbivores like deer and rabbits. Ruby-throated hummingbirds, large carpenter bees, hummingbird moths and butterflies seek the floral nectar.
|Botanical Name||Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia|
|Common Name||willow leaf blue star|
|USDA Zone||3 thru 9|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||all seasons|
|Height and Spread||2-3ft x 2-3ft (60-90cm x 60-90cm)|
|Attracts Wildlife||Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Native to US Midwest.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Northwest Light Plate, Northeast Light Plate, Southwest Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate, North Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate, Extrusion Plaza|