Shorter, narrower-leaved cultivar that blooms "midway" through the growing season around a height of 12-18," then continues to grow to its mature size. Excellent golden fall color.
This is another of Brent Horvath's exceptional introductions, a slightly shorter cultivar that is about "half the size Amsonia tabernaemontana salicifolia." The intermediate foliage is around 3/8 - 1/2” long and reminds of willow (var. salicifolia = small, thin leaves). Light blue flowers bloom in clusters in early summer.
Overall, the plant has a fairly shrubby look, with pretty leaves that last all season. This is a very tough, adaptable and long-lived perennial, although it is a bit slower to establish. It is considered a trouble-free plant that deer and rabbits don't touch. Good for any sunny garden, pollinator garden, cottage garden, informal hedge, prairie, or modern-style planting.
Blooming Time: May
Size: 2.5-3' tall and wide
USDA Zones: 4 to 9
Culture: full sun to half shade (better fall color in full sun), average to well-drained soil
Moisture Needs: average, moist but not wet
Origin: introduced in 2013 by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens in Hebron, IL, USA
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes / yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: yes / yes
Attracts Hummingbirds: no
Pot Size: square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot
Plant Combinations: combine with any sun-loving perennials or grasses
Picture Copyright: Intrinsic Perennial Gardens