Arkansas blue star
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
As the name suggests, this plant originates from the area around Arkansas where it's found in well-drained creek banks and surrounding lowlands. This variety has very narrow, needle-like leaves that stick out from the stems like a bottle brush. The distictive foliage creates a fine textured, billowing feel that forms a dense mass, similar to a small shrub. In early summer star-like, steel-blue flowers about 1cm across appear and are great for adding cool colour to a border. Long after the flowers have faded in autumn the foliage turns rich buttery shades before the plant dies back for its winter hybernation.
- Garden care: This plant does not like wet soil, especially during the winter, so make sure it is planted in a freely draining soil.
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