Southwest Plant of the Month – Blue Star – Amsonia spp.
Plant Form: Flower
Plant Size : 2′ x 1′
Plant Type : Perennial
Water Usage: Low
Sunlight: Sun, Partial Shade
Colors: Blue, White
Physical Description: Mounds of willowy leaves and wiry stems topped by star-shaped, white to light blue flowers in spring. Can spread by root stolons.
Care and Maintenance: Avoid overwatering. Dies back to hardy roots in winter. Difficult to locate seed or plant source.
Gardener’s notes: Several attractive native species, including A. longiflora, A. palmeri, A. ciliata and sand-loving A. arenaria.
Southwest Plant of the Month material courtesy of NMSU ACES http://desertblooms.nmsu.edu/plantadvisor/