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'Storm Cloud' Bluestar Amsonia | Proven Winners

Native perennials are trending, and Bluestar is the classic North American perennial! ‘Storm Cloud’ is an 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.

  • Heat Tolerant
  • Resists: Deer
  • Native to North America

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Height Category: Medium
  • Garden Height: 24 - 30 Inches
  • Spacing: 30 - 36 Inches
  • Spread: 38 - 42 Inches
  • Flower Colors: Blue
  • Flower Shade: Periwinkle blue
  • Foliage Colors: Green
  • Foliage Shade: Olive green
  • Habit: Mounded
  • Container Role: Thriller

PLANT NEEDS

  • Light Requirement: Part Sun to Sun
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring - Early Summer
  • Hardiness Zones: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b 
  • Water Category: Average
  • Soil Fertility Requirement: Average Soil, Fertile Soil, Poor Soil
  • Soil PH Category: Neutral Soil
  • Uses: Border Plant, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point
  • Maintenance Notes: Grows best in full sun to part shade and average, moist soil. Moderately drought tolerant once established. Thrives in most gardens with little care.

Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc

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