Sandhills Blue Star

Amsonia ciliata

Regular price $19

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

Sandhills Blue Star is a graceful and durable plant that deserves wider garden use. Its pale blue flowers open as the ferny foliage begins to unfurl in spring.

  • Compact habit
  • Drought tolerant
  • Deer resistant


  • 12 to 24 inches tall and wide
  • Clump-forming perennial that produces a tough woody rootstock
  • Plants go dormant in the fall and emerge again in spring
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 6, 7, 8, and 9

Flowering period

In central North Carolina, flowering begins in April and lasts two to three weeks.

How to grow

Sandhills Blue Star is easy to grow and thrives in almost any well-drained soil. Plants can be grown in full or part sun.

Care and maintenance

Cut plants down to ground level any time through the winter.

Where to plant

Can be planted at the front of flowers borders in sun or partial sun.

When to plant

Spring and fall are the best times for plants and gardeners.


18 to 24 inches apart when planting in groups.

When will my plant flower?

Plants are two to three years old and should produce flowers the year after planting.

Native habitat and range

Amsonia ciliata is uncommon to rare in sandy, open woods along the coastal plain from southeast North Carolina to Florida and west to Alabama.

Source and origin

Plants are grown from seed that was collected in a woodland opening in Pender County, NC.

States Orders up to $50 Orders $51 to $100 Orders over $100
AL, DE, GA, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $16 $18 $20
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WI $18 $20 $22
IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX $20 $22 $24
CO, NE, ND, and SD $22 $24 $26


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.

When will my order be shipped?

All plants are shipped within two weeks of placing an order.

Is it okay to plant in the winter?

Yes, as long as the soil is not frozen. Planting native perennials in winter and early spring gives your plants a head start before the summer heat arrives.

What if it’s too cold to plant where I live, but I want to buy a plant before it sells out?

Dormant plants can safely be kept in a basement, garage, or cool room until you are ready to plant in late winter or early spring.

How will my plants get delivered?

Most orders are shipped on Monday or Tuesday via UPS Ground, which depending on the destination takes between 1 to 4 days.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The majority are grown in containers that are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. / 946 ml in volume.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know. If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.

Can I return my plants?

You can return your plants if you no longer want them once they arrive. To receive a refund (minus 20% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 

Can I cancel my order?

Yes, you can cancel your order. Please visit our terms and service page for details.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.