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Fringed Bluestar

Amsonia ciliata

Fringed Bluestar is a graceful and durable plant that deserves wider garden use. Pale blue flowers open as the ferny foliage begins to unfurl in spring. The leaves remain attractive all growing season and turn an eye catching straw color in the fall. Hardy in zones 5 through 9.

 

Fringed Bluestar (Amsonia ciliata) flowering in the wild in Pender County, NC

 

 

Pot size: 4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep (32 fl. oz)

3 year old seed grown plants

 

 

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Habit

  • 12 to 18 in. tall and wide
  • Clump forming
  • How to Grow

  • Sun to part shade
  • Well drained soil
  • Once established, Fringed Bluestar is very drought tolerant and care free. Old stems can be cut down to the ground anytime during the winter.

    Where to plant

  • At the front of flowers borders
  • Open woodland gardens
  • Wildlife

    The flowers are pollinated by:

  • Bumble bees and other long-tongued bees
  • In our garden Fringed Bluestar has proven to be very resistant to deer browsing. However, if deer pressure is high or food is scarce, damage may occur.

    Native habitat and range

  • Sandy, open woods
  • Coastal plain from southeast North Carolina to Florida and west to central and southern Alabama
  • Source and origin

    Plants are grown from seed collected in a sandhills habitat in Pender County, North Carolina.

    Comments

    The specific epithet, ciliata means "fringed with hairs" and is named for the way the newly emerging stems and leaves are covered with tiny hairs.

    Propagation

    Scarified (chipped) seed soaked overnight in water and sown will usually germinate within a week when the soil temperature is above 75°F (24°C). Cuttings taken during summer will root, but we have never had any success overwintering cuttings of Amsonia ciliata.

     

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