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Cornflower Aster Stokesia laevis 'Bluestone'

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sto-KEES-ee-uh LEE-viss
Description

‘Bluestone’ is an herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae (daisy) family and a cultivar of the native Stokes' aster. This plant is actually dwarf in comparison to the other cultivars in the species, only getting to a maximum of 10-12 inches tall. It flowers in hues of bluish-purple in the middle of summer and carries a delicate fragrance and nectar attracting bees, butterflies, and birds.  

Plant ‘Bluestone’ in full sun to partial shade and in well-drained soil with a neutral to acidic pH. It grows well in moist, occasionally wet soil but is also drought tolerant. It can be propagated by seed or dividing the root ball, but it will not self-seed in the yard.  

Because ‘Bluestone’ can grow well in moist soil, it makes a good choice for planting near a water garden, pond, or riparian setting. It also adds long-blooming color to a cottage, butterfly, or pollinator garden. Plant it in small groups or in a mass planting in the front of a border.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No significant problems.

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#purple#fragrant#full sun tolerant#water garden#fragrant flowers#small spaces#drought tolerant#fall flowers#violet#purple flowers#blue flowers#low maintenance#riparian#cottage garden#mass planting#violet flowers#summer flowers#border front#nectar plant fall#nectar plant summer#small group plantings#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#partial shade tolerant#bee friendly#stormwater demo garden orange co
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stokesia
    Species:
    laevis
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies, bees, and birds
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought tolerant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 5 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 3 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Long Bloom Season
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    more than 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Tiny cornflower blue to violet notched ray flowers clustered in a flower head 2"-4" across with feathery disk florets in the center. Blooms in the middle of summer through fall if you deadhead the flowers before they set seed.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Basal rosette of lanceolate to elliptic 6" long leaves. Stem leaves have no petiole and are smaller than basal leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Erect, leafy stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Riparian
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Water Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Rabbits