Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia

Eastern willow blue star

Outstanding Qualities

Narrow lacey leaves and open panicles of small pale blue flowers make this a lovely perennial for softening the landscape. This long-lived perennial has intense bright yellow leaves in the fall before finally collapsing in the autumn. A charming and reliable filler for the perennial garden.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Narcissus ‘Thalia’, Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Moorflamme’, Aconitum x cammarum ‘Bicolor’, Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’, Gillenia trifoliata, Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’

Great Color Contrasts: white, yellow

Great Color Partners: blue, green, pink, purple

Culture Notes

This long lived perennial prefers a rich well-drained soil and regular summer watering. Plant it in full sun for the best flowering and brightest fall color. Be patient with new young plants, often they can look a little straggly and forlorn and may take a few years to fill out. To help plants establish give them some space to minimize competition. Once they mature they will be long lived and robust, full specimens.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering