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Storm Cloud Bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud'

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Storm Cloud Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud') at Make It Green Garden Centre

Storm Cloud Bluestar flowers

Storm Cloud Bluestar flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Storm Cloud Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud') at Make It Green Garden Centre

Storm Cloud Bluestar in bloom

Storm Cloud Bluestar in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 inches

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Blue Star Flower

Brand:  Proven Winners


Incredibly dark stems emerge from the ground in spring, producing olive green leaves with silver veins; beautiful periwinkle blue, star-shaped flowers in springtime, on a wide, mounding, shrubby habit; does best in moist, well-drained soil

Ornamental Features

Storm Cloud Bluestar's attractive narrow leaves are olive green in colour with distinctive silver veins. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous yellow in the fall. It features showy clusters of powder blue star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The black stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Storm Cloud Bluestar is an herbaceous perennial with a more or less rounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

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.

Storm Cloud Bluestar is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Storm Cloud Bluestar will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 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
Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Bark 
Ornamental Features