Amsonia 'Starstruck'
Common Name: blue star 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Apocynaceae
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 1.75 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 2.50 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: Light blue
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Tolerate: Deer


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, loamy soils. Best fall foliage color usually occurs in full sun, but flowers generally last longer if given some afternoon shade in hot sun areas. Taller plants may appreciate some staking or support. If grown in too much shade, stems may open up and flop.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Amsonia is a genus of about 20 species native to light woodlands or grasslands of Southeast Europe, Turkey, Japan, and Central and Northeast United States. They are clump-forming perennials with narrow, alternate leaves and clusters of blue, 5-petaled flowers.

Genus name honors 18th-century Virginian physician Dr. Charles Amson.

'Starstruck' is a compact, hybrid selection of blue star that can reach up to 2' tall and spread to fill a 3' area. Terminal clusters of blue, star-shaped flowers bloom in late spring.


No known serious insect or disease problems. Deer tend to avoid this plant.


Borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens or open woodland areas. Best when massed.