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
Family Apocynaceae
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)
Flower Color Blue
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