Also known as Stokesia laevis, Stokes' aster is a versatile and showy native that does well in both natural habitats and in home landscapes.
Many gardeners choose Stokes' aster because they enjoy the plant's lively flowers, which can be deep blue, rosy-pink, silvery-white, or even yellow, depending on the cultivar. Flowers can grow as large as 4 inches across and typically appear from April through June.
Another perk of Stokes' aster is that it is drought tolerant and easy to care for, once it's established. It performs best in partially sunny locations with well-drained, acidic soil and can grow from 10 to 24 inches tall. Since it's a perennial, you can divide mature clumps to yield new plants.
One final advantage of Stokes' aster is that it serves a a great source of nectar for butterflies. So try using Stokes' aster to brighten your perennial borders or garden beds!
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Stokesia laevis, Stokes' Aster--Floridata.com
- Stokesia laevis, Stokes' Aster--Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Stokesia laevis, Stokes' Aster--Missouri Botanical Garden