Plant of the Week: Amsonia Hubrichtii or Blue Star

01.14.2013

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Common Name: Blue Star
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Native Range: South-central United States
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Bloom Time: April to May
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Description: Powdery blue
Flowers: Showy Flowers
Leaves: Good Fall Color
Wildlife: Attracts Butterflies
Uses: Rain Garden
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This weeks Plant of the Week is the Blue Star, or (Amsonia Hubrichtii).  This bluestar  is a very resistant perennial that is native to the Ouachita Mountains in central Arkansas. The Blue Star is exceptionally soil-adaptive, and resistant to insects and diseases, which makes it a great plant for the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. This plant is known for its beautiful transition of color from Spring through fall.  During the Spring it sports blue flowers, then feathery green summer foliage and finally a gorgeous golden fall color. This species was named after Leslie Hubricht who first discovered it growing in the wild in the early 1940s.
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STUDIO39 has used this beautiful plant on multiple projects, though most notably at Freedom Park in Arlington, VA.
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