- Common Name(s):
- Stokes' aster
- 'Peachies Pick', 'Blue Danube', 'Alba' - white flowers, 'Silver Moon'- white flowers, 'Mary Gregrory' - white flowers
- Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Stokes' aster is a beautiful and useful native plant, found from South Carolina to Florida. Its leaves persist through the winter, in dark green, attractive rosettes. A number of cultivars are available, such as 'Blue Danube' with 5" diameter flowers, 'Alba' and 'Silver Moon' with white flowers. This plant was very popular in old gardens. They are occasionally damaged by deer.
Stokes' Aster is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 1-2 feet tall. The leaves are basal except for smaller clasping leaves that occur on new sprouts. Deep violet or lavendar blue flowers appear in early summer.
Regions: Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Summer; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Summer
Wildlife Value: Moderate deer resistance. Butterflies and bumblebees are attracted by nectar at the blooms in the summer.
- Early summer
- 12-24 in.
- Flower Color:
- Lavender blue to white
- USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9
- Basal rosette of lanceolate medium green leaves
- Division in spring, cuttings in spring, seed
- Full sun to light shade
- Well drained
- Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
- Southern USA
NCCES plant id: 782