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Stokes Aster Stokesia laevis 'Bluestone'

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Phonetic Spelling
sto-KEES-ee-uh LEE-viss
Description

This cultivar flowers in hues of bluish-purple in the middle of summer and carries a delicate fragrance and nectar attracting bees, butterflies, and birds. 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 is beneficial, providing a nectar source for pollinators and it is drought tolerant. It can be propagated by seed or dividing the root ball but it will not self-seed in the yard.  Plant it in small groups or mass plant in the front of a border, in a cottage garden, or a riparian area.

 

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#bees#purple#fragrant#sun#full sun#partial shade#water garden#fragrant flowers#small spaces#blue#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#xeriscaping#small group plantings#bird friendly#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#purple#fragrant#sun#full sun#partial shade#water garden#fragrant flowers#small spaces#blue#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#xeriscaping#small group plantings#bird friendly#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stokesia
    Species:
    laevis
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SE North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies, bees, and birds
    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
    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, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Long Bloom Season
    Long-lasting
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    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:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    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
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought