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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Willow Amsonia

Scientific Name:

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Genus:

Amsonia

Species Epithet:

tabernaemontana

Common Name:

Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Willow Amsonia

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Rich forests, rocky forests, riverside scours.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Plant in Bloom

Tom Harville's Garden, April 2004

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Flowers in April-May

Garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Amsonia tabernaemontana. You will likely hear them called Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Willow Amsonia. This picture shows the Flowers in April-May of Amsonia tabernaemontana

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of flowers

Garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Amsonia tabernaemontana. You will likely hear them called Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Willow Amsonia. This picture shows the Close-up of flowers of Amsonia tabernaemontana

Bettina Darveaux

Seed Pods and Seeds

Eastern Wake County

The Scientific Name is Amsonia tabernaemontana. You will likely hear them called Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Willow Amsonia. This picture shows the Seed Pods and Seeds of Amsonia tabernaemontana

by Bill Switzer, September 2020

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants



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