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Willow-leaf Bluestar Blue Star
Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia Clusters of deep blue pointed flower buds form and open into powder-blue star-shaped florets held above deep green fine grassy willow-like foliage. Blooms in early June in northern Maine.
Best planted en masse. Gorgeous foliage turns gold in the fall. Forms a handsome vase shape at maturity. Looks fabulous with catmint and irises.
Native to Illinois and onwards south to Texas. Prefers moist woodland slopes. Adaptable to most garden environments but performs best in full sun to part shade. Plant 12-18" apart in moist slightly acidic soil. 30" tall. MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers.
Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.
Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.
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About planting bare-root perennials.