Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Threadleaf Bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii)
    Dogbane Family

    Bluestars begin to emerge in March, starting as green, leafy shoots. Flowers emerge as the shoots are still rising up and before the leaves have fully unfurled. They have true blue flowers that provide an early nectar source for butterflies and long tongue bees. The dense, needle-like foliage are what sets this species apart. Groupings of 3 or more will add a stunning texture to the garden. Stalks remain sturdy and blemish free throughout the summer season, while slowly developing long, skinny seed pods. Leaves will turn a golden yellow in the fall, completing the 3-season glory of this plant. This is a no fuss, long living, easy plant to grow, though it takes ~3 years to really develop. It is very difficult to move or divide once established, so site appropriately!

    Blooms: Blue, 2-3 weeks, Apr-May
    Leaves: Feathery, fine textured leaves continue all the way up the stem, yellow fall color
    Height: 2-3’
    Space: 2-3'
    Soil: Average-Dry, tolerates poor soil and is very drought tolerant
    Exposure:  Full sun-Part shade
    Fauna: Butterflies, skippers, bees, moth host plant
    Seeds:  Green, long, bean-like seed pods hang from the plant and contain several rusty brown seeds

    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 5-8
    Native Status: Arkansas native
    Provenance: Unknown, seed grown