Details2011 Plant Select Winner. 12" tall x 10-12" wide (seed propagated). Jones' Bluestar, native to Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, is a beautiful species with an upright vase-shaped form, large clusters of tubular, ivory-colored flowers and finely textured foliage with pleasing yellow fall color. Patience is needed while this plant sizes up in your garden. But this slow-growing native, once established, is very long-lived and showy, just like fellow native species Clematis scottii. Jones' Bluestar grows well in a wide range of soil types and makes a fine companion for other western waterwise plants, such as Penstemon.
|Common Name||Jones' Bluestar|
|Botanical Name||Amsonia jonesii|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||12" tall|
|Mature Spread||10-12" wide|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to early summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes|
|Ideal Region||Western Only, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Planting and Growing Amsonia jonesii (Bluestar)
Amsonia jonesii (Bluestar) - a western U.S. native perennial that is long lived and completely resistant to browsing deer and rabbits (all parts of the plant are poisonous.)
- Plant in a fast-draining, infertile sandy or sandy-loam soil with full sun. Mulch with gravel, pine needles or other coarse, non-moisture retaining mulch material.
- Water regularly the first growing season. Thereafter, infrequent but deep soakings are best.
- Leave standing over the winter and cut-back to 3 or 4 inches in height by mid-spring.
- Fertilize lightly in fall with Yum Yum Mix/compost blend.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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