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Audubon Native Shining Blue Star and native birds
Native Shining Blue Star blue flowers
Native Shining Blue Star blue flowers in landscape
Native Shining Blue Star blue flowers in landscape
Native Regions map for Shining Blue Star
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Audubon Native Shining Blue Star and native birds
Native Shining Blue Star blue flowers
Native Shining Blue Star blue flowers in landscape
Native Shining Blue Star blue flowers in landscape
Native Regions map for Shining Blue Star
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Mature Height: 2-3' tall
  • Mature Width: 2-3' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 2-3' apart



  • Delicate, sky-blue flowers emerge in late spring to early summer, giving off a sweet, light fragrance
  • The dark green, willow-like foliage on the Shining Blue Star will turn a bright gold come fall
  • The Shining Blue Star will attract a wide range of hummingbirds, moths, butterflies and pollinators to your garden
  • Plant in mixed borders, cottage gardens and native gardens in masse for a dazzling effect
  • May Benefit & Attract: Hummingbirds
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

    Audubon® Shining Blue Star

    Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

    Audubon® Plants for Birds: Amsonia illustris

    Regular price $64.00
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    Why the Audubon® Shining Blue Star?

    Shining Bluestar has been waiting in the wings a long time, but it is now poised to truly become a shining star! This sensational native Spirit—inexplicably absent in gardens—has much to offer. Let’s start with the delicate sky-blue flowers in late spring and early summer. Besides beautifying your landscape, they’ll attract Hummingbirds, Hummingbird moths, butterflies, and long-tongued bees. In summer, clean, shiny foliage (hence the name) is the draw. In fall, that shining foliage turns a bright golden yellow, lighting up the garden once more. Bravo!

    How to use in the landscape?

    Audubon® Native Shining Blue Star is a wonderful addition to mixed borders, foundation plantings, cottage gardens and native gardens. For serious 'wow' factor, plant in masse and prepare to be stunned! Or, plant along your back patio and await the impending arrival of the hummingbirds, butterflies and pollinators this darling native will attract!

    Why Bower & Branch?

    We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

    Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

    What is the definition of Native?

    “In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

    Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

    Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

    How To Plant

    Blue Star likes well drained soils and will tolerate occasional drought and flooding. This easy to grow perennial also deters deer and rabbits from browsing on its foliage with its milky sap.

    How To Water

    Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

    How To Fertilize

    Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

    How To Prune

    Prune your Shining Blue Star to 8" tall in late Fall. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the milky sap to prevent skin irritation. Blue Star will also benefit from a prune of one third to one half of the years growth in summer right after they have flowered. This prune will keep them extra full for the remainder of the season.

    Planting Zones

    Hardiness Zone: 5-9

    How Does Shipping Work?

    Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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