DESCRIPTION: These perennials form clumps of oval to narrowly oval, grayish-green or green leaves along the stems. The small, star-shaped flowers of A. orientalis are pale gray-blue and are produced in terminal sprays in the summer. This variety is found from Greece to Turkey. A. tabernaemontana produces starry, pale blue flowers in terminal clusters in the summer. This kind is found on the damp grasslands of eastern North America.
POTTING: Grow Amsonia (Blue Star) in fertile, well-drained soil in sun or light-shade. Leave them alone after planting.
PROPAGATION: Increase these plants by dividing them in the spring, by softwood cuttings in the summer, or by sowing seeds in the fall.
VARIETIES: A. orientalis; A. tabernaemontana; A. ciliata.
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