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Stokesia laevis (Stokes Aster)

Stokes Aster


Stokesia laevis (Stokes Aster) is a compact, semi-evergreen perennial forming a basal rosette of lance-shaped, dark green leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm). Blooming from late spring until fall, a profusion of large, violet-blue, cornflower-like flowers, 3-4 in. across (7-10 cm), are carried atop stiff, erect, leafy stems. They feature deeply divided rays and a prominent pincushion center of feathery disk florets. The blossoms attract butterflies and make long-lasting cut flowers. Native to the southeastern United States, Stokes Aster occurs naturally in wetlands, bottomlands, wet pinewoods, savannas and ditches. Even though it normally occurs in bogs naturally, it adapts to a wide range of soil and moisture conditions. Stokes Aster readily self-sows in the garden in optimum conditions. Trouble-free, easy-to-grow, this eye-catching beauty is excellent for border fronts or cottage gardens. It also makes a low maintenance, groundcover with attractive flowers. The foliage is evergreen in warm winter climates.

  •  Grows up to 12-24 in. tall (30-60 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in light, fertile, acid to neutral, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade but best in full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Liable to rot in damp, wet soils.
  • Excellent for beds and borders, cottage gardens, rain gardens. Excellent cut flowers!
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Rabbit resistant.
  • Deadhead to prolong flowering.
  • Propagated by root cuttings, seed, or division. Sow seeds in a cold frame in late winter, transplanting after the last frost. Take cutting of long, thick roots in the fall and make crown division in the spring or fall.
  • Deadheading will extend the bloom season. Cut down in fall.
  • Native to the southeastern United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina
Tolerance Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina
Tolerance Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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