Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’
Blue Ice blue star
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Clusters of deep lavendar star-shaped flowers top the bright green foliage in late spring on this more compact selection of blue star. The leaves turn bright yellow in autumn for an additional treat!
Plant Type: perennial
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9
Flower Color: lavender
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: regular watering
Seasonal Interest: late spring - early summer flowers; autumn foliage color
Wildlife Associations: bees
- Culture Notes
- Plant in a rich organic soil with good drainage and regular summer watering. In the Pacific Northwest 'Blue Ice' grows best in full sun for better flowering and the brightest fall color; be aware, however, of extremely hot sites which may cause the flowers to go over more quickly.
- Geek Notes
- The story of this cultivar is it was discovered by Michael Dodge, formerly of White Flower Farm in Litchfield, Connecticut, in a greenhouse at Sunny Border Nurseries, Kensington, Conn. among a seedlings of Amsonia taebermontana. Although its parentage has not been identified to date, it is potentially a hybrid. Be that as it may this selection is a winner.