|Magnificent fiery yellow fall foliage in early November |
The leaves on this species, native to the south-central United States, are truly thread-like, giving the whole plant a fascinating appearance. Mature, well-grown specimens in a friend's garden looked much more impressive than mine, but I'm happy enough just to have it. And I must say, many years after establishing my first stand, the plants are still improving, so be patient, fellow gardeners!
||narrow-leaf blue star
||light blue (late May-June)
||average garden soil, drought-tolerant
||Tricky to germinate - cold treatment and/or temperature cycling may be helpful.
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||early November|
|Newly re-emerging, late April |
|By late December, those thread-leaves have taken on a bad-hair-day look, which is pretty cool as far as I'm concerned. |
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Mari||Apr 30, 2006||Mine has no luck so far :-< A.tabernaeontane germinated v. easily (autumn sow, germinated in Apr) but this is the amsonia I wanted to grow in my shady woodland garden. The seeds were from Chiltern Seeds and have been in the pot for a full year and some months now! (from Berkshire, UK)|
Amsonias certainly are tricky, and I've not always had luck getting them to germinate - whether that's because of seed viability or germination conditions is hard to say. Outside treatment does seem to be the best approach in many cases.
|Pat W. Darwin, Mn||Nov 25, 2008||Mine germinated(100%) this year after the 3rd cold warm cycle-when the temps were around 80f. Maybe they need it hot at the end?|
I have found the same thing - after the cold treatment (just one is fine), they need a bit more than room temperature to germinate. Bottom heat, or other means of providing warmth, seems to do the trick.
|Caryn, Cedar Hill TX||Jun 21, 2011||What is its growth rate from a 4" pot to reach maturity?|
Amsonia takes a few years to get to its full stature. I'd say about three years from a well-started plant like your 4" potted specimen.
- Seed from '02 HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 70F (7w, no G) - to pot outside (17%G, June)
- Seed from '04 HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (4w; 4%G, 12d) - to pot outside (76%G, 4w - in late May)
- Same seed as above, sown to pot set outside 12/8/04. No G (disc. May '06)
- Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (65%G, 3-7d)
- Seed from '07 garden (bench specimen). Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (55%G, 3-15d)
Also seed from '06 garden. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (70%G, 6-18d)
- Seed from NARGS '07/'08 exchange. Baggy 35F (8w) - 75F (60%G, 2-10d)
- Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (8w) - 75F (35%G, 5-8w). No idea why germination was lower and delayed this year.
- Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (8w) - 75F (45%G, 4-12d)
- Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (8w) - 75F (9d; 60%G, 3-9d)
- Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (8w) - 75F (3w; 7%G, 10d)
- Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (8w) - 75F (6%g, 10d; no development)
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