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Plant A Patch -- Shining Blue Star (Amsonia illustris)


The Shining Blue Star is indeed a shining star of the garden, featuring clusters of blue flowers in the spring, glossy green leaves throughout the summer and brilliant gold foliage in the fall. Also called Ozark blue star, this native perennial prefers a full sun location but will also bloom well in partial shade. A shaded plant may need to be staked and should be cut back after blooming. It isn’t fussy about soil types, growing will in any small type from rich, moist soil to clay. At maturity, blue stars may reach 4 feet. Hummingbirds and butterflies flock to this easy to care for beauty.