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Stokes’ aster

Stokesia laevis ‘Peachie’s Pick’

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This plant grows exuberantly and fills out within a season, yet reaches only 18 to 20 inches tall. It bears terminal, cornflower-like, 2- to 3-inch-wide blue flowers held on strong stems. Plants do not splay open in the middle or fall over like the species does.

Noteworthy Characteristics'Peachie's Pick' does well in full sun to dappled shade, and will persist for many years as long as winter drainage is good. Hot summer temperatures can delay flowering a little.

CareGrow in light, fertile, moist but well-drained soil. May rot in damp, heavy soil. Deadhead to prolong flowering.

PropagationDivide in spring, or take root cuttings in late winter or early spring.

ProblemsLeaf spot and caterpillars

  • Genus : Stokesia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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