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Amsonia illustris
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Amsonia illustris

Shining Blue Star

Item #: 7812

Zones: 5a to 9b, possibly colder

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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This US native can be found along streambanks from Missouri south to Texas. The 3' tall stems clothed with glossy green deer-resistant leaves resemble Amsonia tabernaemontana except for the glossy leaves. In early spring, the clumps are topped with terminal clusters of light sky-blue flowers...a very tough and long-lived perennial. These seed grown plants are from a population in St. Louis County, Missouri.