Stokes' aster is a versatile and showy native perennial that makes an attractive and low-maintenance addition to any garden.
Many gardeners choose Stokes' aster (Stokesia laevis) for the plant's lively flowers, which can be deep blue, rosy-pink, silvery-white, or even yellow, depending on the cultivar. The blossoms also attract butterflies and other native pollinators. 'Blue Danube' is a popular cultivar with bright blue flowers.
Flowers can grow as large as 4 inches across and typically appear from April through June.
Stokes' aster is drought tolerant and easy to care for once 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. Deadheading (pinching off spent flowerheads) encourages more flowering.
Plant this performer in masses or in container groupings where its bright flowers will be noticed.
For more information, contact your local Extension office.