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Stokes Aster

Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick'

Typical lavender blue flowers of the species but very compact and floriferous.

Stokes? Aster is a North American native wildflower that is a wonderful addition to the sunny border. This selection, named after the plantswoman who discovered it, Peachie Saxton of Mississippi, has typical lavender-blue, stokesia-type flowers but they bloom longer and a bit later in the season. Upright habit and attractive green foliage that may remain evergreen in mild winter areas. Solid performer. Tolerant of hot, humid summer regions. Great for cutting and attractive to butterflies. This needs good drainage, particularly in the winter, so a raised bed or rock garden might suit it well. Also a good candidate for mixed containers. Remove faded flowers to encourage more buds.

Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Blooms summer to fall

Mature Height:

18-22 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

5-9 Find your zone

Exposure:

Full Sun

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow on at 60-75° F under long days with high light levels. Keep soil evenly moist, not overly wet or dry. Once plants are actively growing feed at 125-150 ppm N with each watering. Generally finish in 8-10 weeks based on growing conditions. Deadhead to encourage re-bloom.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 38
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: Low

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in well draining professional potting soil keeping crown of plant at same level it was in the plug. Once potted, water immediately and apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Easy to grow; they thrive in ordinary, well-drained garden soil in sunny locations.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.