Short Stack Dwarf Blue Star
Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Short Stack'
Short Stack Dwarf Blue Star flowers
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Height: 12 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4b
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
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 color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous gold in the fall.
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
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. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
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.