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Stoke's aster


Stokesia laevis

Stoke's aster

Stoke's aster is pretty in the garden, but it's so wonderful for attracting butterflies and as a cut flower, you could grow it for those two purposes alone. As a bonus, its evergreen foliage shows off the lavender blue (or pink, white, or yellow) cornflower flowerheads well. Excellent at the front of sunny or lightly shaded borders, or in cutting gardens, Stoke's aster prefers light well-drained sol that does not dry out. Deadhead to prolong bloom time.

Light:
Sun,Part Sun
Zones:
5-9
Plant Type:
Perennial
Plant Height:
2 feet tall
Plant Width:
1.5 feet wide
Flower Color:
White, pink, lavender blue, and yellow flowers, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms midsummer to fall
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Cut Flowers,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Stokesia laevis 'Wyoming') has fluffy lavender heads of flowers in 18-inch stems. The deep green leaves have a conspicuous pale midrib. This long-blooming perennial is excellent for cutting and attracts butterflies in the garden. It is hardy in Zones 5-9.
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Plant It With
Lamb's-ears

The fuzzy silver leaves of lamb's ears contrast well with Stoke's asters dark evergreen leaves and large fluffy lavender heads of flowers at the front of sunny borders.

Bellflower

With erect stems bearing pendant, open blue bells, peach-leaved bellflower is a fine companion for Stoke's aster in midsummer.

Coreopsis

In sunny beds, Moonbeam coreopsis produces countless pale yellow daisies over threadlike foliage that provide an interesting foil for the fluffy flowers and foliage of lavender Stoke's aster.

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