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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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