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Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud'
Storm Cloud Amsonia

$25.00 $32.50
This size 30 in stock Product ID: 207096

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CULTURAL CONDITIONS

Plant Min Zone: 5a

Plant Max Zone: 9a

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Water / Rainfall: Low, Average

Soil Quality: Average

FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE

Bloom Season: Spring

Flower Color: Blue

Berry / Fruit Color: None

Spring Foliage Color: Dark Green, Black

Summer Foliage Color: Dark Green

Fall Foliage Color: Gold, Yellow

Evergreen Foliage: No

Winter Interest: Some

Scented Flowers: No

PLANT TOLERANCES

Drought Tolerance: Medium, High

Wet-Feet Tolerance: Low

Humidity Tolerance: Medium, High

Wind Tolerance: High

Poor Soil Tolerance: Rocky Soils, Sandy Soils, Clay Soils

GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE

Height: 2' - 3'

Width: 2' - 3'

Growth Rate: Medium

Service Life: Long: 5-10 years

Maintenance Need: Low

Spreading Potential: Medium

Yearly Trimming Tips: Trim Perennial to Ground in Early Winter After Hard Freezes: Some Winter Interest.

PLANT USES AND LIMITATIONS

Plant Grouping Size: Specimen Planting of 1-3, Small Grouping of 3-5, Medium Grouping of 5-10, Mass Planting of 10 or more

Best Side of House: South Exposure, West Exposure, East Exposure, North Exposure

Extreme Planting Locations: Survives Severe Drought, Tolerates Extreme Heat, Top of Retaining Wall Locations, Resistant to Rabbits

Ornamental Features: Multiple Seasons of Interest, Long Blooming Season, Long Lasting Fall Color, Exceptional / Colorful Foliage

Special Landscape Uses: Erosion Control

Possible Pest Problems: Foliage Disease

Plant Limitations: None

Description

The species bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana) growing up to 3 feet tall and prefers a medium to moist soil, but will tolerate a range of soils in light shade, including clay. "Once it's there, it's there forever" plant! Native to East-central U.S. in open woodlands and sunny plains. Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud' is and improved selection with new stems emerge near-black with leaves that are very dark green with silver veins. The stems stay dark throughout spring contrasting the light periwinkle blue, star-shaped flowers that completely cover the foliage by late spring. Some reblooming may occur for many weeks afterward. Although the main interest of this plant is in spring, it maintains a great garden presence throughout the summer and fall. Its wide, mounded habit lends itself well to be used in place of shrubs in the landscape. In some years with high humidity and extra summer rainfall, the foliage gets diseased and should be cut back early. Provide planting location with good air circulation to avoid this small problem.

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