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Amsonia hubrichtii

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On Display
Anacostia Community Museum
Accession Number
2021-0720A
Description
Bluestar is a native to Arkansas and Oklahoma which adds a fluffy, billowing quality to a garden. Collected and mis-identified as another plant originally, it was not until 1942 when a Mr. Leslie Hubricht, on a trip assisting a botanist of the Missouri Botanic Garden, identified it as a new plant. Widely introduced in the 1990s, it is grown for its spring flowers, fluffy green summer foliage, brilliant yellow-orange fall color, and is best appreciated planted in masses. It is low-maintenance, does well in many soil types, attracts butterflies, and resists deer and rabbits due to its milky sap. Truly a garden star, it was nominated plant of the year in 2011 by the Perennial Plant Association. It is an excellent planting choice.
Hardiness
-20 - 20 F
Attracts
Butterflies to nectar
Bloom Time
April to May
Provenance
From a cultivated plant not of known wild origin
Topic
Display Gardens
Living Collections
Range
Arkansas to Oklahoma
Habitat
Rocky outcrops and dry creek banks
Life Form
Herbaceous perennial
Bloom Characteristics
Star-shaped, 5 petaled pale blue flowers fade to white with time, and grow in terminal clusters. Flowers are .5" (1.27 cm) across.
Fall Color
Yellow to orange
Foliage Characteristics
Feathery, soft, needle-like, bright green, alternate leaves.
Plant Size
2-3' high by 2-3' wide (.6-1 m x .6-1 m)
Data Source
Smithsonian Gardens
Common Name
Bluestar
Arkansas amsonia
Hubricht's amsonia
Group
[vascular plants]
Class
Equisetopsida
Subclass
Magnoliidae
Superorder
Asteranae
Order
Gentianales
Family
Apocynaceae
Genus
Amsonia
Species
hubrichtii
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ax76da97db0-4181-41c2-92c4-eb010855943a
Record ID
ofeo-sg_2021-0720A
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