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Amsonia, Blue Ice

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Short Description

Eye-catching, prolific spring bloomer with clusters of blue starry flowers.

Full Description

Vigorous and upright plants have a softening effect in the perennial border. Very showy, bright yellow foliage extends its appeal into fall. Plant in groups for a stunning effect from spring through fall.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

5-9

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

20-24 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

20-24 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring, Summer

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders

Plant Shipping Information

Plants begin shipping week of:

Mar 27, 2017

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Item 17001 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CN, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI
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Amsonia:  Potted Plant Perennial
Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with a rich, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. 
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth. 
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand. 
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. 
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for
  •  “Deadhead”, remove spent flower heads to encourage continuous flowering and prevent seed development.
  • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.
  • Amsonia blooms in the spring usually April to May.
  • Amsonia is one of the few herbaceous perennials with excellent fall color. Plants foliage turns gold in the fall.
Zone
5-9
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height
20-24 inches
Spread
20-24 inches
Bloom Season
Spring, Summer
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Amsonia
Life Cycle
Perennial