In The Garden: Plant ID help

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Tom Van Beaver, Oct 26, 2022.

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    Tom Van Beaver New Member

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    Hello everyone, I have been trying to ID this plant since 2019. Saw this in Waltham, Mass. Thoughts and thank yous?
     

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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Welcome to the forums!

    Looks like Amsonia sp.
    In summer leaves are green ,with wishy washy pale blue flowers, but in the autumn it goes this super colour.
    Pics below show our Amsonia hubrichtii in old garden.

    AMSONIA  HUBRICHTII 04-06-2010 15-40-40.jpg AMSONIA  HUBRICHTII 19-05-2011 11-57-31.JPG AMSONIA  HUBRICHTII 29-09-2011 14-40-15.JPG
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Wow - I'm surprised that someone could recognize this from that one photo, and wow, @Silver surfer, that you had this plant from central Arkansas in your garden, but it's clearly made its way into garden landscaping. Here's a page about it with a short video:
    Amsonia hubrichtii (Arkansas Amsonia, Blue Star, Hubricht's Amsonia, Threadleaf Blue Star) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox (ncsu.edu)

    What does it do in the winter - that page says herbaceous perennial, so does it all disappear?
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    In our old garden we collected plants,shrubs, trees.....many were unusual and rare.
    Other people would collect stamps...we collected plants! I suppose it was an obsession.

    We had several Amsonia, including Ciliate, Hubrichtii, Illustris,Tabernaemontana.
    New garden all I have is Amsonia orientalis. ..leaves very different. see pics below.
    Hubrichtii was the best..it just glowed in the autumn.
    In winter it just vanishes completely and re appears in the spring.

    AMSONIA  ORIENTALIS 26-06-2020 14-53-46.JPG AMSONIA  ORIENTALIS 26-07-2019 10-36-46.JPG AMSONIA  ORIENTALIS 26-07-2019 10-37-04.JPG AMSONIA  ORIENTALIS 26-07-2019 10-37-31.JPG AMSONIA  ORIENTALIS 26-Jul-16 4-57-12 PM.JPG
     
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