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Amsonia tabernaemontana

Native Plants

Blue Dogbane

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Blue dogbane adds a fine-textured element to the garden with its willow-like foliage, graceful stems, and charming blue star-shaped clusters of flowers during spring. It grows 2-3’ tall and performs well in full sun to partial shade and dry to moist soils. It is a low maintenance, long-lived plant that can be used in informal settings and perennial borders; it also makes a good cut flower. In the fall, golden-yellow foliage makes blue dogbane an excellent backdrop for other perennials. Blue dogbane is a nice companion with Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’, Packera aurea, Baptisia cinerea, Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’, Phlox pilosa, and Penstemon digitalis.

More Details

  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
  • Soil PH
    adaptable, alkaline 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, tan 

Additional Information

USDA Plants Database, Illinois Wildflowers