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Stokesia laevis ‘Mel′s Blue’
Stokesia laevis ‘Mel′s Blue’
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Stokesia laevis ‘Mel′s Blue’

Stokes’ Aster

USDA Zone: 5-9

Plant number: 1.505.060

Stokes’ Aster is a North American native wildflower that is a wonderful addition to the sunny border. This wonderfully upright selection produces very large, shaggy, periwinkle blue flowers over a long period which are held high on strong stems. It forms a low mound of grass-green foliage, remaining evergreen in mild winter areas. Tolerant of hot, humid summer regions. Great for cutting, and also attractive to butterflies. This needs good drainage, particularly in the winter, so a raised bed might suit it well. Also a good candidate for mixed containers. Remove faded flowers to encourage more buds to form. USPP#23090: unlicensed propagation prohibited.

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Stokesia laevis ‘Mel′s Blue’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Deep Blue
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Wild Flower
   30-40 cm
   12-16 inches
   25-30 cm
   10-12 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate