Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Arkansas Blue Star named 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year

Seems like just yesterday Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (Japanese Forest Grass) was selected as the 2009 award winner and as it is my favorite perennial, I applauded its selection. The 2010 selection is Baptisia australis (Blue false indigo). To learn more about B. australis, a full profile is available on the Perennial Plant Association home page. To give you a peek into the future, one nursery trade publications announced that Amsonia hubrichtii (Arkansas Blue Star) was named the 2011 selection. Its frothy golden fall color seen in the photo would be a lovely filler in the border but the plant appears to have many attributes including clusters of blue flowers in the spring and a compact—to 3 feet—form. To learn more about its habits, performance and how to pronounce its name, visit The site does say it’s a little gangly in its youth so some patience may be required before you get the full benefit of its nature. Seems early to make the announcement but growers need to start growing it this year to respond to demand for the plant in 2011. Have you grown this Amsonia?

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