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The cutest, most compact bluestar ever.

Amsonia Verdant Venture

Amsonia cilliata is a shorter plant to begin with, but then along comes Verdant Venture and it is simply the most compact, most adorable selection of bluestar ever selected. Consistent golden fall color makes it even better.

Amsonia ciliata var. tenuifolia ‘Verdant Venture’ sports narrow leaves, thin stems and an abundance of flowers with short, broad, powder-blue petals. Once flowering subsides near the end of spring, the deep green foliage persists all summer before turning bright yellow in the fall. The shorter, more compact habit of ‘Verdant Venture’ makes it more versatile and less dominant than other bluestars. Verdant Venture provides several seasons of interest, beginning in the spring and running through fall. Flowers with short, broad petals, held above the foliage, cover plants shortly after emergence from mid- to late spring.

During the summer, thread-like, vibrant green foliage is on display and ages to a brilliant yellow in the fall. The more compact habit of this selection relative to other bluestars allows it to fit into a greater variety of sites and landscapes. While it will be suitable for wildflower gardens in some areas, it will also fit well into cottage gardens, rock gardens, and woodland gardens.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Verdant Venture bluestar
  • Botanical Name

    Amsonia cilliata var. tenuifolia 'Verdant Venture' PP33415
  • Type

  • US Native?

  • Origin

    ‘Verdant Venture’ was developed from a trial of unnamed, unpatented Amsonia ciliata var. tenuifolia plants. Rounds of open pollina-tion and selection took place during 2009 and 2010, with the most compact and uniform plants being selected. ‘Verdant Venture’ was selected as a potential cultivar in October 2013 by Jim Ault, Ph.D. Because seeds were pooled when collected, the specific parentage of ‘Verdant Venture’ is unknown.

  • Bloom Time

  • Bloom Color

    Icey blue

Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

  • Size

    28" tall and 55" wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Full sun
  • Soil

    Average to dry garden soils
  • Moisture

    Moist, but well-drained
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Borders, foundations, matrix plantings, naturalized plantings
  • Propagation

    Softwood Cuttings

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