July 13, 2020

Wish Upon a Bluestar

Amsonia hubrichtii - Threadleaf bluestar

Mark Uchneat Photo | Amsonia hubrichtii - Threadleaf bluestar

Willowy foliage, spikes of flowers and a golden glow in autumn make Amsonia hubrichtii a star — in this case, a bluestar, as it is commonly known. This particular variety is called threadleaf bluestar, Arkansas bluestar and Hubricht’s bluestar, but all point to the same perennial. Hardy to Zone 4, this native plant is from Arkansas and Oklahoma, discovered in Arkansas in 1942 by Leslie Hubricht. With its fine foliage, the plant reaches a solid 3 feet in height and width, topped by sprays of blue star-shaped flowers. So impressive is this plant in the dogbane family that the Perennial Plant Association named it the 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year. It’s no wonder. Give it full to partial sun, well-drained soil and you are on your way to the stars: the bluestars.