Eastern Blue Star

Eastern Blue Star

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Height: 2 to 3'

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: May

Bloom Color: Blue

Soil Moisture: Medium

Soil Type: Average, medium, well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: Blue Star, Common Blue Star, Amsonia tabernaemontana

Featured Plant Category: Pollinator Plants, Rain Gardens

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Amsonia tabernaemontana, commonly called Eastern Blue Star, is a clump-forming plant that is loved for its stunning blue spring flowers and lovely fall color. Powdery blue, star-like flowers appear in terminal clusters in late spring. Soft-textured leaves are bright green in spring and summer, and turn a striking bright gold in autumn. Blue Star is resistant to deer and an excellent plant for attracting butterflies (particularly swallowtails), making it a lovely addition to any native, cottage or perennial garden. This plant has its most stunning effect when planted as a mass. The only maintenance to note would be the it can get a bit floppy once its flowered, so trim off the top six inches after flowering and it will hold its shape much better.


Additional information


2 to 3'

Container Size


Bloom Time


Bloom Color


Soil Moisture


Soil Type

Average, medium, well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Blue Star, Common Blue Star, Amsonia tabernaemontana

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