The Native Plant Store can Now be Found Here

  • This page will remain accessible as a library page until I have all the species moved to the new page and all the quirks worked out in the new software so it can function as a searchable library.
  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information in this existing library to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.

~ Amsonia tabernaemontana, Eastern Bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Eastern Bluestar

  • Average to moderately high moisture soils
  • Full Sun to very light shade
  • 3’ tall 2’ to 3’ wide
  • Late Spring Blooms
  • Thrives in meadows or open woodland settings. Adapts very well to garden conditions.

With a native range that extends south and west from the state of Virginia, these have been growing well in Ottawa and Perth for the last few years.

Slower than many other perennials to mature, these are correspondingly long lived and can remain in place for years, if not decades. They grow very well in garden settings and in meadows or the sunnier areas in open woodlands. Their spring blooms are quite eye-catching and drew a lot of questions in the spring of 2022, when they were blooming next to my driveway when people were stopping by to pick up seedlings in late May and early June.

Their foliage is not palatable to mammals, including deer and rabbits, but their flowers are attractive to pollen and nectar feeders, including Hummingbirds, Carpenter Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbird Moths.

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Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality