Amsonia tabernaemontana

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Easterm Bluestar, Blue Dogbane


Plant Specifics

Size:2-3 (4) ft tall by 2-3 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Blue
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Fall color, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden. Also useful as a cut flower.
Considerations:Poisonous foliage.
Propagation:Seed, division.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:



Avoided by mammalian herbivores.


he flowers attract long-tongued insects such as carpenter bees, hummingbird moths, and butterflies. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are also attracted to the nectar.  Not known to be a larval plant for monarch butterflies.

Native Habitats:Moist hammocks, ruderal.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures