Stokesia White Surprise

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.