Eastern Bluestar is a native, herbaceous perennial with pale blue flowers and long, slender leaves. It occurs in open woodlands in eastern north America. An erect, clump-forming plant which features terminal, pyramidal clusters of 3/4", soft light blue, star-like flowers in late spring atop erect, leafy stems growing 2-3' tall. Narrow, willow-shaped, mid green foliage may turn an attractive yellow in fall. An easy-to-grow plant which is best massed in informal settings such as native plant gardens, shade gardens or open woodland areas, borders and containers. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, loamy soils. Tolerates some drought. Hardy in zones 3-9.
Growing Instructions for the Eastern Bluestar
The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag. 2. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 4-6 weeks. 3. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. 4. Put the seeds on the surface of the soil and then press them into the soil. 5. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet. 6. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.