Mature Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud' planted in a bed.
Close-up of light blue Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud' flowers and darker foliage.
Close-up of star-shaped Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud' flowers.

Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud' (Bluestar)

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Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud' is an ornamental cultivar of bluestar, an upright, showy perennial related to milkweed; the cultivar is noted for its eye-catching purple-black stems which contrast well against light green, silver-veined foliage in the spring and summer; foliage also turns golden-orange in the fall, adding interest outside the typical growing season. 'Storm Cloud' typically reaches a height of between two and three feet, and produces a cloud of soft, pale blue flowers atop its mounded growth through late spring and reblooming thereafter.

Naturally resistant to deer and rabbit foraging, 'Storm Cloud' makes for a great addition to garden types across a wide range of soils when provided with average water and full sun. Since this Amsonia's pale blue flowers attract pollinators, butterflies, and hummingbirds, it makes for a great addition to pollinator gardens, but 'Storm Cloud' will also thrive in more xeric conditions like rock gardens with its drought tolerance once established.

(Photos courtesy of Proven Winners)

Native to U.S. and Native to Maryland
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Deciduous
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Average and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: Blue
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, and Fall Color
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, and Clay Soil Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Rain Garden, Meadow, Small Space, and Rock Garden

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