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Stokesia laevis (Hill) Greene
USDA Symbol: STLA6
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Stokes aster is a low perennial, 12-18 in. tall, with a basal cluster of dark-green, lance-shaped leaves. The numerous, solitary, flower heads are 3-4 in. across, with deeply divided blue rays and very prominent blue florets from the disk.
This species readily self-sows and adapts to many conditions.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen Inflorescence: Head Size Notes:
12 to 30 inches high Flower:
Flowers 2 to 4 inches across
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Will only bloom through the summer if you cut off the flowers before they seed.
AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC Native Distribution:
NC to LA, east of the Mississippi River. Native Habitat:
Coastal plains, bogs, pine savannah, and open woodlands. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium , High Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil pH:
Acidic (pH<6.8) Drought Tolerance:
Low Heat Tolerant:
Moist, rich, well-drained soil, acidic sands preferred. Conditions Comments:
Winter hardy to Zone 5, well north of its native
BenefitUse Ornamental: A low-maintenance, low-growing groundcovering plant with attractive flowers.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Cuttings , Root Division , Seeds
Description: May be propagated by root cuttings, seed, or division. Sow seeds in a cold frame in late winter, transplanting after the last frost. Take cutting of long, thick roots in the fall and make crown division in the spring or fall.
Seed Collection: Papery-brown bracts surround the nutlets which, when mature, are 1/4 in. long and brown. Maturation is almost two months after flowering. Many nutlets do not develop fully and should be separated out. Store dried nutlets in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: Colonizes vigorously, so lift and divide every 3 or 4 years if want to keep thinned.
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Record Modified: 2009-01-31
Research By: TWC Staff