Just found this and thought I’d pass it along! We grow this plant at Gilson Gardens and offer it in a 2 gal. container! It’s slow to get started in the spring but the blue star shaped flowers are magnificent and you can’t beat the fall color! definitely a winner in my book!
AMERICAN NURSERYMAN MAGAZINE
Amsonia hubrichtii named 2011 PPA Plant of the Year
Arkansas blue star—Amsonia hubrichtii—has won the hearts of Perennial Plant Association members, who voted it the 2011 PPA Perennial Plant of the Year. Four plants each year are nominated, and in order to qualify for PPA recognition, each must be suitable for a wide range of climate types; low maintenance; easily propagated; and exhibit multiple seasonal interest. Amsonia fits the bill with small, blue, star-shaped flowers in late spring to early summer and bright green, fern-like foliage that turns golden yellow in fall. Recent past winners include Baptisia australis (2010), Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (2009), Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (2008) and Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ (2007).
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