Stokes aster blue danube

Stokesia Peachie’s Pick

About Stokes Aster. This perennial, called an aster mostly because of its flower, is not an aster at all. Everybody knows asters bloom in the fall, and Stokesia blooms in late spring and summer. Everyone who grows it loves it. The basic, unhybridized wildflower, Stokesia laevis is a native American wildflower from the southeastern states.

The beautiful hybrids have a lot to offer the perennial gardener. First of all, the plants are usually low and the flowers are large. The leaves are evergreen, so add attractive greenery year round at the front of a garden, where theyre usually planted. However, as for hardiness, this one differs from true asters dramatically. Stokesia is hardy only north to Zone 5, and usually needs protection there.

Nevertheless, in areas where it grows, this is a big favorite. It provides color over a long blooming season which extends for weeks, and today, there are beautiful cultivars in several colors. The name? Stokes was an English botanist who was a friend of Linneas son. So sometimes even in botany, its not what you know, but who you know!

More Information

SKU

AM014508

Item Package Size

Plant – 3″ Pot

Common Name

Stokes Aster

Botanical Name

Stokesia laevis

Zones

4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color

Purple

Mature Height

12-18″ tall

Estimated Mature Spread

12-18″ wide

Bloom Time

Mid to late summer

Planting Depth

Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.

Ships As

Potted Plant

Soil Type

Loamy Soil

Soil Moisture

Average, Well Draining

Advantages

Attract Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Native, Good For Cut Flowers

Planting Time

Spring / Summer

Item Unit

Plant

Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

No

Stokes’ Aster, Stokes Aster, Cornflower Aster ‘Peachie’s Pick’

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Category:

Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Foliage Color:

Unknown – Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown – Tell us

Danger:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown – Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Merryville, Louisiana

Springfield, Louisiana

Sand Lake, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Yonkers, New York

Maumee, Ohio

Okatie, South Carolina

Bellaire, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Garland, Texas

Houston, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Richmond, Virginia

Woodbridge, Virginia

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Stokes’ Aster, Stokes Aster, Cornflower Aster ‘Blue Danube’

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Perennials

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Herbaceous

Unknown – Tell us

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

Unknown – Tell us

Unknown – Tell us

Light Blue

Blue-Violet

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Unknown – Tell us

Mid Summer

Unknown – Tell us

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Unknown – Tell us

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Arroyo Grande, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Milton, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Hebron, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Saint Francisville, Louisiana

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Stillwater, Minnesota

Vicksburg, Mississippi

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Orchard Park, New York

Monroe, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Geneva, Ohio

Warren, Ohio

Newalla, Oklahoma

Ashland, Oregon

Irwin, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Jacksonville, Texas

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Honeysong Purple Stokesia

Upon Arrival:

Some Perennials will be shipped to you from our greenhouses. They will be in pots and may have actively growing green leaves. These pots should be immersed in water upon arrival to thoroughly soak the root ball. These growing plants must be hardened off before planting outside. Keep in a cool bright room, and place outside on mild days and gradually leave outside for longer periods of time. After a week or so, or when nighttime temperatures are above freezing, plant outside. If a severe dip in temperature is expected, you may want to place straw or an old blanket over the green leaves to protect them from severe damage. Frost or cold will not permanently hurt the plant, but it may damage the new leaves and set growth back.

Planting:

Space 12”-15” apart. Dig a hole deep enough so that all roots are covered and firmly set the root in place up to the crown which is where the roots meet the stem at the base of each plant.

Growing:

Easily grown in average to medium-wet, well-drained soils in full sun. Wet soil in winter is the main cause of death for this plant. Appreciates a winter mulch.

Note:

Deadhead individual spent flowers and remove spent flowering stems to encourage additional bloom. Long summer blooming period. Best in small groupings.

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