Isotoma axillaris, Rock Isotome, Showy Isotome, Blue Stars, Star Flowers

Isotoma axillaris

Rock Isotome, Showy Isotome, Blue Stars, Star Flowers
Family: Campanulaceae
Origin: Australia
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

Isotoma axillaris is a small shrub that typically grows to a spreading clump 2-5 ft tall and 3-6 ft wide. It prefers a sunny location and moderate to regular watering. It can be grown in USDA zones 10-11.

The slender stems are lined with dark green, narrow, pinnatisect leaves. The foliage provides an interesting backdrop for the open star-shaped flowers, which come in shades of pink, blue, lavender, purple, white and off-white. The flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

If you are growing Isotoma axillaris in a pot, they should be planted in a well-drained potting mix and kept in a sunny location. They will need regular watering and fertilizing. In areas with cold winters, bring the pot indoors before the temperature drops below 40 F (4 C). You can then move it back outside in spring after the frost danger has passed.

Isotoma axillaris is a great choice for adding texture and color to a garden border or rock wall. Best of all, it is easy to care for and will keep blooming from summer to fall.

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