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Stokesia laevis 'Mel's Blue' (Stokes' Aster)

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Stokes’ Aster is a North American native wildflower that is a wonderful addition to the sunny border. This wonderfully upright selection produces very large, shaggy, periwinkle blue flowers over a long period which are held high on strong stems. It forms a low mound of grass-green foliage, remaining evergreen in mild winter areas. Tolerant of hot, humid summer regions. Great for cutting, and also attractive to butterflies. This needs good drainage, particularly in the winter, so a raised bed might suit it well. Also a good candidate for mixed containers. Remove faded flowers to encourage more buds to form. USPP#23090: unlicensed propagation prohibited.

USDA Zones: 5-9

Sun Exposure
  Full Sun

Soil Type
  Sandy or
  Clay

Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid

Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Moist

Care Level
  Easy


Appearance and Characteristics

Flower Colour
  Deep Blue

Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer
  Early Fall

Foliage Color
  Deep Green

Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Border
  Containers
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Edging
  Rabbit Resistant
  Evergreen
  Massed
  Specimen
  Wild Flower

Flower Head Size
  Large

Height
   30-40 cm
   12-16 inches

Spread
   25-30 cm
   10-12 inches

Foot Traffic
   None

Growth Rate
   Medium


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