Jones' Bluestar (Amsonia)

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).
Zones4 - 8
Bee Friendly
Attract Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 12" tall
Mature Spread10-12" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
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Item Package SizePlant - 2.5" Pot

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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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.
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Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Common Name
Jones' Bluestar
Botanical Name
Amsonia jonesii
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
12" tall
Mature Spread
10-12" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Clay Soil
Soil Moisture
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Rabbit Resistant
Plant Select
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Native To
North America
Ships To Canada
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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