Amsonia illustris

Shining bluestar

This Amsonia is from the Ozark region of the USA, a massive area that resembles Scotland on triple strength Irn Bru. 

Here A. illustris  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. Once established Amsonia  rarely need attention which makes them the perfect garden plant.

£ 7.50

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Apocynaceae

Hardy perennial

H4

70cm 

45cm 

Dark green 

Pale blue 

Moist well drained 

Full sun, partial shade

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