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Amsonia hubrichtii

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Amsonia (am-SO-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: hubrichtii (hew-BRIK-tee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Amsonia hubrechtii

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rteets On Jul 23, 2013, rteets from Stroudsburg, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is at the top of my list of must-have perennials. Three seasons of spectacular beauty with the most minimal care. I don't believe in 15 years I have ever had to give supplemental water to it. I cut down the old foliage in the late winter and shear off about 1/3 of it after flowering so it doesn't get floppy and that is it. Period. No pruning, no shaping, nothing in 15 years. This is the kind of plant that would make anyone look like a gardener! The only caveat about it is that it takes several years to reach maturity so be patient. Also be sure you put it where you want it to stay. Even the little ones have a LONG root. I can't even imagine what the grown ones must have. One last thing - it has a milky sap that deer won't even touch. I consider it one of the most dependably deer proof plants in my garden.

Neutral BoPo On Jun 11, 2013, BoPo from Milwaukee, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Since the pic I posted from 2011, she's dwindled on me and has gotten much smaller which I attribute (possibly) to a tree nearby maturing and giving her much more shade than in prior years.

Fast forward to 2013, she's much more sparse and while she still blooms (in bloom now, zone 5 WI) she has only 10 stems. Miss the beautiful show and spectacular color she puts on in the fall.

I have her planted in rich black compacted soil, somewhat clayish about 18" deep.

Time to move her to more optimal conditions in full sun. I think she'll look great against the backdrop of my purple leaf sandcherries in the fall.

A wonderful interplanting with Bergenia (pigsqueak) plants.

Positive floraphiliac On May 7, 2012, floraphiliac from Ludington, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is one of my favorite garden plants. It looks great all season long and is maintenance free. I love the texture of the foliage. I enjoy "petting" the plant, it feels like a big soft furred bush lol!
I dug up my mature specimen recently this early spring to move it and was pleased to see that it is coming along nicely, even though I accidentally cut off some long thick roots while transplanting it.

Positive antennaria On Apr 15, 2012, antennaria from Jeffersonville, IN wrote:

It grows in a very nice vase-shape and never needs staking or watering. It's extremely low-maintenance; you never have to do a thing with it except to pull seedlings or mulch over them in the spring.

Positive windsor224 On Dec 31, 2011, windsor224 from Haycock,Bucks County, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

One of my very favorites. Always interesting throughout it seasons. Give it a lot of room as it will have babies and fill in nicely. Transplanting of new ones is easy. They continued to grow. I just need to see if they make it through this winter in zone 6. I think they will be fine. Easy plant to share.
10/2012 all baby plants are growing nicely from last year and many more have been transplanted. Love this plant.

Positive kizilod On Aug 2, 2011, kizilod from Uxbridge, MA wrote:

My Amsonia hubrichtii has gotten huge; it is currently 70 inches (178 cm) wide. It is growing it almost full sun, in lousy soil, right next to a sidewalk. I planted it about five years ago. It does self seed a little bit, but the seedlings are easy to pull out of the ground.

After my town poured new sidewalks, they filled in next to them with horrible soil. Grass wouldn't grow well in it, so I made a bed of tough, drought & salt tolerant perennials, including this Amsonia. Now that it is established, this plant receives no special care from me, and is thriving. I'm in Massachusetts, in zone 6.

Negative echinaceamaniac On Jul 26, 2011, echinaceamaniac from (Clint) Medina, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant is just a weed! It's floppy and ugly. The blooms don't last long and are a pale blue unattractive color. For a more appealing garden plant, see Amsonia 'Blue Ice.'

Positive AuburnR On Jan 28, 2011, AuburnR from Gaithersburg, MD wrote:

I love this plant. Spring flowers are a pretty blue, then trim it back to mound it up a bit. Fall color is yellow and stands out. Plant self-seeds but transplants easily. You can collect seeds from long thin pods; just make sure the pods are grey and dry before you take them. I have read that seeds should be sown in the fall, which I didn't do, so I'll see how they manage being sown in early spring once the ground warms a bit. They are winter hardy in zone 6-7, and are native plants. No pests, no problems after 4 years growing them.

Positive alzone7 On Apr 22, 2009, alzone7 from Gadsden, AL wrote:

I LOVE this plant. It's wonderful texture provides contrast with coarser leaved plants in the border and the golden color in fall is beautiful. Mine has been easy care and long lived.

Positive cedar18 On Aug 14, 2008, cedar18 from Lula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I'm impressed with how nice the plant looks all the time. Very feathery texture and great fall color. The flowers are not huge or showy but it's a great asset to the border. Great contrast with large leaves like Sedum.

Positive Ladyfern On Sep 20, 2006, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

The plant is always attractive and shapely. Very low-maintenance--no staking, no deadheading, no pinching! No pests or diseases. What more could you ask for?

Positive corgimom On Sep 13, 2006, corgimom from Pontotoc, MS (Zone 7b) wrote:

I look forward each spring to the beautiful soft blue blooms and dark green foliage of this graceful plant. Then, in the fall, it turns a bright yellow gold to add to your landscape.

Positive Terry On Jan 16, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

The foliage on this species turns a beautiful golden color in the fall. Native to Arkansas and Oklahoma.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
Gadsden, Alabama
Houston, Alabama
Opelika, Alabama
Cord, Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas
Clayton, California
Denver, Colorado
Brookfield, Connecticut
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Townsend, Delaware
Commerce, Georgia
Lula, Georgia
Chadwick, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Jeffersonville, Indiana (2 reports)
Iowa City, Iowa
Louisville, Kentucky
Coushatta, Louisiana
Fallston, Maryland
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Dracut, Massachusetts
Haydenville, Massachusetts
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Ludington, Michigan
Kasota, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Northfield, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Clinton, Mississippi
Marietta, Mississippi
Mathiston, Mississippi
Bates City, Missouri
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Bohemia, New York
Millbrook, New York
Stony Point, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
High Point, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Kintnersville, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Florence, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Linden, Texas
Arlington, Virginia
Stephens City, Virginia
Bellevue, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Charleston, West Virginia
Bayfield, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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