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Stokesia White Surprise / Stokes Aster

in the Northeast Florida Landscape

( Stokesia laevis White Surprise )

Stokesia white surprise in North Florida gardens

Stokesia White Surprise Exposure:


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


Stokesia White Surprise Foliage:


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


Stokesia White Surprise Soil Preference / Salt tolerance:


- While not particular of soil components, Stokesia White Surprise will need good drainage and will thrive in any well drained soil.


- Salt tolerance unknown.


Stokesia White Surprise Size Variance:


- Stokesia Klaus Jelitto stays low and only reaches 12-18 inches tall even with the flowering stalks rising high above the foliage. White Surprise will form a clump of foliage 18 inches wide.


Stokesia White Surprise Growth Habit:


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


Stokesia White Surprise 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 a nursery container.


Stokesia White Surprise Bloom:


- Hard to find Stokesia Laevis White Surprise has strikingly large blooms for such a compact little plant. Clusters of 2-4 inch wide white blossoms are held upright on thick stems above the foliage of the plant in summer and into fall in the North Florida | Jacksonville| St. Augustine area garden.


Stokesia White surprise 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 in bloom bring loads of butterflies to the garden.


Best Uses For Stokesia Laevis White Surprise in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area garden:


- Stokesia is an excellent perennial selection for the North 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. Its one of my personal favorites and I know you will love it to!


- Plant in masses around a bird bath or other accent for a low maintenance yet beautiful 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 White Surprise in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape:



- Dig and divide plant every few years for best results.


- 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.


- 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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