Amsonia jonesii

Jones' Bluestar

  • White Amsonia jonesii, Amsonia jonesii, Jones' Bluestar



Jone's Bluestar is a western native plant grown for its pale-blue flowers that cover the plant in late spring. Deep-rooted, this xeric perennial is extremely rabbit and deer resistant and requires full hot sun in poor, well-drained soil. A 2011 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Shipping Buy now and we'll ship your order during the ideal planting time for your region. Orders with this item will begin shipping the week of Feb. 29 and continue through mid-June. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code. More shipping info. Learn More…
Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU 17039
Award: Plant Select


2011 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.
SKU 17039
Common Name Jones' Bluestar
Botanical Name Amsonia jonesii
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color White
Mature Height 12" tall
Mature Spread 10-12" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
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 Guides

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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