Another Missouri native but this one is from the Ozark region where it grows very happily on gravel bars alongside streams.
It's very easy to grow in the UK in moist, loamy soils that are well drained. It will cope with full sun but is best in light shade.
A. illustris resembles A. tabernaemontana but the willow shaped leaves are leathery and shiny. The clusters of light blue flowers are larger.
Amsonias are not big blousy showstoppers but refined and elegant troupers that are hardy, reliable and relatively trouble free.
Their sap contains a milky latex which keeps slugs off emerging shoots. They rarely need staking or dividing. Very handsome.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Moist well drained
Full sun, partial shade
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