STOKESIA, STOKES’ ASTER

FAMILY: Asteraceae | GENUS: STOKESIA laevis

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Native to the Southeast. Rugged and very adaptable; one of the best perennials for Florida. Semievergreen in the Upper South, evergreen elsewhere. Grows 1122 feet high, 112 feet wide, with stiff, erect, much-branched stems. Smooth, firm-textured, medium green leaves are 28 inches long, sometimes toothed at the base. Blooms from May to September. Leafy, curved, finely toothed bracts surround the tight flower buds, which open to 3- to 4 inches-wide, asterlike blossoms in blue, purple, white, or yellow. Each flower consists of a central button of small florets surrounded by a ring of larger rays. Choices include these favorite selections, all of which grow a little taller than wide.

Blue Danube

  • Large flowers in medium blue.
  • Grows 1215 inches tall.

Bluestone

  • Heavy bloomer with medium blue blossoms.
  • To 10 inches tall.

Honeysong Purple

  • Bright purple flowers on a 12- to 15 inches-tall plant.

Mary Gregory

  • Striking lemon-yellow blooms on a 112 feet-tall plant.

Peachie's Pick'. Rich blue flowers come a bit later than those of other selections; long bloom period. Grows 1112 feet tall.

Purple Parasols

  • Flowers change from powder-blue through purple to magenta with age.
  • To 112 feet tall.

Silver Moon

  • Pure white flowers.
  • Grows to 112 feet tall.

Wyoming

  • Deep purple blooms.
  • To 112 feet tall.

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