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Stokesia Peachie's Pick

SKU: AM014508
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per Plant - 3" Pot
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Overview
This dwarf Aster grows to be about 8-22”, making it perfect for a border or container garden. Peachie’s Pick’s vibrant blue blooms illuminate the late season garden and are drought-tolerant. (Stokesia leavis)
key features
Botanical Name
Stokesia laevis
Advantages
Native, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Cut Flowers
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Average
Mature Height
12-18" tall
Mature Spread
12-18" wide
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer

Description

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!