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Amsonia tabernaemontana

Amsonia 'Tabernaemontana'

The common name of this easy to grow perennial is 'Eastern Blue Star'. It likes moist, loamy soil - woodland conditions. In some years the leaves take on attractive bronzy hues.  The plant was named after two people; a Virginian physician, Dr Charles Amson and Jakob Theodor Von Bergzabern (d. 1590) who latinised his name as Tabernaemontanus. Both names seem rather a mouthful.

Cultivation: it likes moist yet well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. It is generally disease and pest free. Propagate by seed, division in spring or by softwood cuttings in summer.

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Amsonia  tabernaemontana