January 1st, 2011

Perennial Plant Association Announces the 2011 Perennial of th Year:

Amsonia hubrichtii (Thread-Leaf Blue Star)

The Perennial Plant Association (www.perennialplant.org) has announced the 2011 Perennial of the Year. This year they have chosen Amsonia hubrichtii also known as the Thread-Leaf Blue Star plant.

Amsonia offers a variety of features throughout the seasons. From late spring to early summer, two- to three-inch wide clusters of small, light blue, star-shaped flowers are borne above the ferny foliage. The alternate-arranged leaves are bright green in spring and summer, but turn a bright yellow-golden color in fall. Amsonia grows to 36 inches tall and 36 inches wide in a mounded form. This hardy perennial grows in hardiness zones 4 through 9 and is a versatile North American native.

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