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Blue Ice Star Flower

Category:

This variety is more compact than the species with deeper blue flowers; lovely along borders or edges; an impressive statement in blue when massed

Characteristics

Species:
tabernaemontana
Average Landscape Height:
15 inches
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Amsonia
Cultivar:
Blue Ice
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Flower Color:
blue
Flower Form:
star
Flower Period:
from late spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
light green
Fall Color:
yellow
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average

Ornamental Features

Blue Ice Star Flower has blue star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which are interesting on close inspection. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves are light green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous yellow in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Ice Star Flower is an herbaceous perennial with a more or less rounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Blue Ice Star Flower will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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