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Stokesia laevis

Common Name(s):
Stokes' aster
Cultivar(s):
'Peachies Pick', 'Blue Danube', 'Alba' - white flowers, 'Silver Moon'- white flowers
Categories:
Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

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.

Season:
Early summer
Light:
Sun
Height:
12-24 in.
Flower Color:
Lavender blue to white
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9
Foliage:
Basal rosette of lanceolate medium green leaves
Zones:
5-9
Propagation:
Division in spring, cuttings in spring, seed
Exposure:
Full sun to light shade
Soil:
Well drained
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Southern USA
Tags:
sun, summer, ncemgva2018, blue, bees, deer resistant, light shade, perennial, lavender, pollinators, winter interest, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 782

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