Arkansas Blue Star

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Lovely, Airy Flowers & Foliage Arkansas Blue Star!

  • Delicate Baby Blue Star-Shaped Flowers
  • Airy Flower Spikes & Dark Stems
  • Late Spring Bloom
  • Narrow Lush-Green Foliage
  • Fine Texture
  • Multiple Seasons of Interest
  • Draws Butterflies
  • Easy-to-Grow Native Perennial
  • Blazing Golden Fall Color
  • Great Specimen or Back Border & Edging
  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Perennial Plant of the Year Award Winner

The best garden designs rely on contrast. Moving from rough to fine and dense to airy - mixing textures is an easy way to draw the eye along the garden path. Arkansas Blue Star (Amsonia hubrichtii) is a wonderful native plant to use in the front of the border to provide a tremendous amount of visual interest.

You'll fall in love with the open, delicate foliage. The feathery fronds are bedecked with star-shaped periwinkle blue flowers in late spring. This is a butterfly magnet, and you'll delight in how they flock to the tiny flowers.

Fantastic bright green foliage features tall waving stems with long narrow grassy leaves. You'll also appreciate the performance Arkansas Amsonia displays in autumn when that lovely foliage turns a blazing golden yellow fall color. You’ll also enjoy unique seed pods for further winter interest!

How to Use Arkansas Blue Star In The Landscape

This is a fine-textured plant contributing graceful motion and air to your garden. Use it in front of ornamental grasses as a softer counterpart and to accentuate the gentle swaying and motion as the breeze rustles through the landscape.

It can set off a larger, rougher shrub such as Ninebark just beautifully, where together they can set your autumn landscape off with their combined brilliant colors. Soft baby blues and greens also are fantastic to set off plants with larger leaves and evergreens!

Plant it as a single specimen plant or mass multiples as a tall edging plant in your mixed border for a stunning 3 season display. Ideal for Perennial planting beds and Cottage gardens, Pollinator and Cutting garden plantings, as well as Native prairie and meadows.

Cut the blooms after they are fully open. Use them in lovely flower arrangements indoors. This is a great way to deadhead your plants. You'll encourage a new flush of blooms, and decorate your home at the same time.

Add these soothing plants around your outdoor rooms and retreats to unwind the nerves and quiet the mind with sound, texture, color, scent, motion and privacy!

The elusive blue color is a soothing and tranquil hue that sets off and melds with so many other colors in the garden. Enliven Rock gardens and large Planters with sublime color!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Plant this in well-drained soils that receive adequate water for best results. It can handle a bit of part shade, but you'll get the best fall color in full sun. Hardy in USDA growing zones 5-9, those in warmer climates will find their Blue Star performing better in part sun with shade in the afternoon.

These hardy native perennials are tolerant of a wide range of soils and quite drought tolerant once established. Provide plenty of water during that crucial establishment period, then provide moderate waterings during times of need.

For a hardy native perennial that features fine, graceful and airy texture and the highly sought-after true blue color, you’ll be delighted when you add the Arkansas Blue Star to your landscape today at!

Head over to our Garden Blog to read about how to Prepare a Feast for Your Pollinators!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Arkansas Blue Star Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Amsonia hubrichtii
Type Perennial
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No