Joy Creek Nursery

272-006D4   Amsonia ciliata     ( Blue milkweed )

Amsonia ciliata
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We grow several species of Amsonia at the nursery and have had many years to contrast and compare them. Amsonia ciliata is a dramatic perennial with arching stems lined with 3-inch long, narrow foliage that is reminiscent of an ostrich plume. Star flowers are produced at the tips of these stems in great profusion. Late in the summer, interesting narrow seed pods (2 inches or longer) hang from the stems. Of further interest is the autumn color that gilds the leaves golden green with purple brown highlights. The more sun the plant receives, the more dramatic the color transformation. Cut this herbaceous perennial back in early winter or leave the arching stems until your early spring cleanup. This is a wildflower of the southeastern United States. Contrast the size of this to the selection Amsonia ciliata 'Halfway to Arkansas'. A Great Plant Picks selection.

Summer.  4.5 ft. x 6 ft.

Periwinkle Blue flowers

Sun     Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

20300 NW Watson Road  Scappoose, OR 97056
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