A group of purple flowering amsonia x 'blue ice' Bluestar plants in pots.

Amsonia 'Blue Ice' (Bluestar) Unity Grown

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Amsonia x 'Blue Ice' is a mysterious hybrid cultivar of Amsonia, originally found growing alongside of Amsonia tabernaemontana at a greenhouse in Connecticut, though its specific parentage hasn't been established. Set apart as a different cultivar due to its more compact growth form and darker blue flowers than other Amsonia, 'Blue Ice' produces dark lavender-blue flowers atop short, 12-15" stalks in early to mid spring. 

The 'Blue Ice' cultivar's periwinkle blue, star-shaped flowers bloom for 4-6 weeks, typically between mid April and early June, and attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Beyond its flowers, 'Blue Ice' produces also produces showy, willow-like green summer foliage, which then turns to a striking golden yellow hue in the fall, adding multi-season interest. This compact, clump-forming Amsonia is easy to grow and maintenance-free, and has the added bonus of resistance to deer and rabbit browsing and tolerance of drought conditions.

Native to U.S.
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
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 and Yellow
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, and Fall Color
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, and Rabbit Tolerant
Garden Type: Small Space, Pollinator Garden, Container, and Rock Garden

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