June 23, 2017

Nice Thrice

Amsonia hubrichtii

Mark Uchneat Photo | Amsonia hubrichtii

Amsonia hubrichtii is one of those perennials that does a good job showing off across three seasons. Its first show would be when the native plant is sporting pale blue flowers in the shape of stars in late spring. Over the summer, the willowy foliage along the arching stems is a bright green, providing a nice, feathery backdrop to summer-blooming flowers. In autumn, those leaves turn golden. This particular bluestar was found in the 1940s in Arkansas and can grow up to 3 feet in height with a similar spread. It is hardy to Zone 5, which means it won’t grow in the more northerly portions of the state.

Photographed by Mark Uchneat.