Amsonia ciliata Fringed Bluestar Plants & Seed
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Amsonia = Named for Dr. Charles Amson, an 18th century Virginia physician and scientific traveler
ciliata = Fringed with hairs
Amsonia ciliata Fringed Bluestar, has striking leafy masses 18 to 30 inches tall formed from small narrow leaves. Among the leafy mass, spiking stems support clusters of star-shaped, light blue flowers that are delicately scented. Grow Fringed Blue Star in average to dry soil in full sun to light shade. The light blue flowers are seen in full bloom in May growing wild on limestone glades in the Ozarks.
Amsonia ciliata Fringed Bluestar seed germination is improved after a pretreatment of 3 to 4 weeks of cold moist stratification or when planted outside in fall or winter.
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Amsonia ciliata Fringed Bluestar is a striking native wildflower occurring naturally in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Native Bluestar plants willl naturalize and have striking foliage with showy flowers that attract butterflies. Amsonia ciliata Fringed Bluestar potted plants and seed are available and suitable for planting in formal gardens, wildflower gardens, butterfly gardens and meadow plantings. Zones 4 to 9, Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)
Amsonia ciliata Fringed bluestar has other common names including Blue funnel lily, Blue-Star a native wildflower with attractive ornamental Blooms and attractive foliage, it can be planted/grown in rock gardens, butterfly gardens, a natural area, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs,
showy flowers attract butterflies, foliage has good fall color
The map below shows areas where Amsonia ciliata Fringed Bluestar flowers grow wild but it can be planted and will grow over most of the Midwest and Eastern USA. USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 9.
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Amsonia ciliata Fringed Bluestar Plant distribution map
complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
(http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
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The blue star plant grows 15–24 inches tall. The leaves are borne singly but very close together all the way up the stem to the flower cluster. They are 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long with one vein running lengthwise down the center and attached directly to the main stem (without a petiole). The leaves are smooth soft and slightly smaller toward the upper part of the stem. The narrow tube of the pale blue flower 1/2 inch long opens into 5 petal-like lobes in a star shape l/2 inch across with a ring of white at the center. Several blossoms grow in a loose cluster at the tips of the stems.
Fringed bluestar is a long-lived perennial grown for its handsome foliage and spring flowers. The multi-stemmed clumps to 3 ft. tall are crowded with smooth narrow light-green leaves giving the plant a fine-textured delicate appearance. Steel-blue tubular flowers the rim flaring to a star-shape appear in loosely conjested clusters at the tips of the stems. The thin seedpods and golden fall foliage are additional attributes.
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Prefers sandy soils with regular moisture and sharp drainage. Best fall foliage color usually occurs in full sun, but flowers generally last longer if given some light afternoon shade in hot sun areas. Stems tend to open up and flop in too much shade. Consider cutting back the stems to 8-10” after flowering to promote bushy growth and, if desired, to further reduce the outside stem height so as to create a more rounded foliage mound.
Amsonia ciliata is a clump-forming perennial that is native from North Carolina to Florida west to Missouri, Arkansas and Texas. It is generally found in sandy soils. It typically grows to 2-3’ tall. Terminal clusters of star-like, light blue flowers bloom in mid spring (May) atop generally erect stems clad with narrow, almost needle-like, green leaves. Foliage turns attractive shades of yellow in fall. This plant is commonly called bluestar or fringed bluestar or downy amsonia. Specific epithet means hairy-margined in reference to the fringe of hairs found on new leaves and plant stems (hence the sometimes use of fringed or downy in the common name).
No serious pest or disease problems.
Borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens or open woodland areas. Best when planted in groups or massed.