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Short Stack Dwarf Blue Star

Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Short Stack'

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Short Stack Dwarf Blue Star (Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Short Stack') at Plant World

Short Stack Dwarf Blue Star flowers

Short Stack Dwarf Blue Star flowers

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Height:  12 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

This is a dwarf version of the popular species, growing half the size at best; beautiful light blue star-shaped flowers in springtime; does best in moist, well-drained soil

Ornamental Features

Short Stack Dwarf Blue Star features showy clusters of powder blue star-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. Its small oval leaves are green in colour. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous gold in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Short Stack Dwarf Blue Star is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Short Stack Dwarf Blue Star is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Short Stack Dwarf Blue Star will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 12 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features