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Stokes' Aster Stokesia laevis

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

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 and '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.

 

Seasons of Interest:

    Bloom: Summer; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Summer

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
'Alba', 'Blue Danube', 'Bluestone', ‘Divinity’, 'Mary Gregory', 'Peachies Pick', 'Rosea', 'Silver Moon'
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Cultivars / Varieties:
'Alba', 'Blue Danube', 'Bluestone', ‘Divinity’, 'Mary Gregory', 'Peachies Pick', 'Rosea', 'Silver Moon'
Tags:
#bees#purple#white#sun#yellow#blue#drought tolerant#lavender#perennial#white flowers#light shade#wildlife plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#yellow flowers#nectar plant#blue flowers#winter interest#rabbit resistant#herb garden#ncemgva2018#silver#NC native#summer flowers#deer resistant#native garden#pollinator plant#native wildflower#silver flowers#butterfly friendly#nectar plant mid-summer#nectar plant late summer#HS302#pollinator garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stokesia
    Species:
    laevis
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern United States
    Wildlife Value:
    Butterflies and bumblebees are attracted by nectar at the blooms in the summer.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Moderate deer resistance; rabbit resistant and drought tolerant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    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:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    more than 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Deep violet or lavender-blue flowers appear in early to mid-summer, May to June. Remove spent flowers to prolong the bloom season.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Basal rosette of lanceolate 6" long leaves. Stem leaves have no petiole and are smaller than basal leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Water Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Rabbits