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Stokesia Laevis Blue

in Northeast Florida Landscapes

 ( Stokesia laevis blue / Stokes Aster )


Stokesia Laevis Blue blooms S & J NurseryStokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster Origins:

 - Stokesia laevis blue is a wonderful Florida native perennial heirloom plant that deserves much more garden space than it gets! I think I will never forget the first time I ran into these beauties at a customers home, she had been dividing them for many years and planting them as a border along her driveways and walkways etc. They were in full bloom and I had never seen them before, when she began to talk about how hardy they were with such little care as she gave them I could not understand how none of my suppliers were growing this plant! So I set out to find seeds and young starter plants of Stokesia and have been grabbing and trying every cultivar I can find ever since. To this day they are a favorite among my perennial plantings for Northeast Florida and have thrived in both Jacksonville and St. Augustine area gardens for years.

Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster Preferred Exposure:

 

- Stokes Asters will prefer a full sun or lightly shaded exposure in the Northeast Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape.

 

Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster Foliage:

 

- Compact mounds of deep dark green leathery tufts of foliage remain evergreen in our Northeast Florida gardens.

 

Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster Soil Preference / Salt tolerance:

 

-  Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster will thrive in well draining soils. Tolerates moist soils as well.

 

- Salt tolerance unknown

 

Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster Size Variance:Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster Florida narive perennial

 

- Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster stays low and only reaches 12-23 inches tall and wide the flowering stalks rising above the foliage. 

 - Foliage alone without flowering stalks on it will form a clump 12 inches high  nd 12-18 inches wide.

 

Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster Growth Habit:

 

- Evergreen, clumping almost grass like perennial forms an attractive compact mound of foliage.

 

Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster Growth Rate:

 

-Stokesia is a moderate grower and can be expected to almost reach its full size within the second or third season after planting from an S & J Tree Farm and Nursery container.

 

Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster Bloom:

 

- Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster has a strikingly large bloom cluster for such a compact plant. Clusters of 2-3 inch wide blue blossoms are held upright on thick stems above the foliage of the plant in summer and into fall in the Northeast Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area garden.

 - Remove spent flowers individually or the entire stem to prolong blooming period.

 

Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster Water Requirements:

 

- Moderate

 

- Water daily for 2-3 weeks after planting and weekly during hot dry summers for established plants.

 

Butterfly or Bird Attracting:

 

- Stokes Asters are butterfly attracting.

 

Best Uses For Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster in the Northeast Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area garden:

 

- Stokesia is an excellent Florida native perennial selection for the Northeast Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape.

 

 -  Low maintenance, compact form and lots of color make it a garden staple that everyone should find a place for in the garden.

 

- Plant in masses around a bird bath or other accent for a beautiful and graceful display of blooms.

 

- Plant along the edge of a walkway or path for an added pop of color to lead you on your way.

 

- Excellent front of the border planting for an instant cottage garden feel.

 

Care of Stokesia Laevis Blue Stokes Aster in the Northeast Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape:

 

 

- Dig and divide plant every few years or as needed for additional garden plants.

 

- Water every day during the establishment period after planting in the garden from a nursery container. And at least weekly during hot dry summer months.

 

- Prune out old foliage each spring or as needed any time of the year to maintain plants tidy appearance.

 

 - Remove spent blooms to prolong flowering season.

 

- Fertilize each spring with a handful of garden compost or a mixture of Milorganite and a slow release poly coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food or 10-10-10.

 

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