Plant of the Week: Amsonia Hubrichtii or Blue Star
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
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.
STUDIO39 has used this beautiful plant on multiple projects, though most notably at Freedom Park in Arlington, VA.