Amsonia - Bluestar

Common Names: Amsonia, Blue Star, Blue Dogbane, Eastern Bluestar

Botanical names: Amsonia tabernaemontana

Availability: Spring and Summer

Vase life: 7 to 10 days.

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Small star-shaped flowers, with five petals radiating symmetrically from the center. The flowers are borne in terminal clusters at the ends of the stems. Each cluster contains numerous flowers, forming a loose, airy bouquet that hovers above the foliage.

Color: Pale blue, Azure.

Botanical facts: These plants are native to North America, particularly the United States, and also to parts of Europe and Asia.

Design notes: The pale blue flowers of Amsonia provide a gentle yet striking contrast against more vibrant blooms like roses, peonies, or dahlias. This subtle coloration can add depth and interest to a design. Amsonia is an excellent filler in bouquets and centerpieces, providing volume without overwhelming other elements. The upright growth habit of Amsonia can be used to create line and add height to a design, guiding the viewer’s eye through the design.

Purchasing hints: Purchase when clusters have one or two flowers open and other buds showing color.

Conditioning: Remove all of the foliage below the water line of the vase. Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Amsonia flowers are valued for their ecological benefits, providing nectar for pollinators.