Native perennials are trending, and Bluestar is the classic North American perennial! ‘Storm Cloud’ is and improved selection that performs well for both northern and southern growers.
In spring, new stems emerge near-black with leaves that are very dark green with silver veins. The stems stay dark throughout spring. Light periwinkle blue, star-shaped flowers completely cover the foliage in late spring, and rebloom for many weeks afterward. Although the main interest of this plant is in spring, it maintains a great garden presence throughout the summer and fall. Its wide, mounded habit lends itself well to be used in place of shrubs in the landscape. Younger plants will have more of a vase-like habit, but make sure to give this plant some space for when it reaches its mature size.
This easy care, heat and humidity tolerant, deer resistant perennial is an excellent choice for gardeners looking for low maintenance or native perennials.
Amsonia thrives in most gardens with little care. It is low-maintenance, easy to grow and trouble-free. Plant it in full sun or partial shade and moist soil of average fertility. If grown in too much shade or very rich soil, its habit will be open and floppy. This plant grows fairly large but it will not need to be divided for many years. Cutting the stems back to within 6-8" of the ground after flowering will result in fuller growth.
From Walters Gardens website https://www.waltersgardens.com/variety.php?ID=AMSSC
Amsonia taber. 'Storm Cloud"
Common Name Bluestar Plant Type Perennial Zone 4-9 Height 24-30" Spacing 38-42" Growth Habit Uprignt Growth Rate Medium Bloom Time
Full Sun (>6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Average Water Needs
Consistent Water Needs
Poor Soil Quality
Average Soil Quality
Fertile Soil Quality
Deer Tolerance Uses
Easy To Grow
Origin Native to North America