Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’

Blue Ice blue star

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Outstanding Qualities

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!

Quick Facts

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.