With large fringed flowers Stokesia laevis is a clump forming evergreen perennial originally from the southern states of the USA.
The flowers face upwards and are wonderfully open making a great display from summer through to autumn.
In the garden Stokesia laevis works well in the mixed border or as a part of a cottage garden, also useful as a ‘filler’.
Frost tolerant, coping well with seaside conditions and generally pest free makes this a useful garden plant. Generally not a good performer in damp humid conditions so not one for the tropical areas.
Is it really evergreen ? Yes is warmer climates it is, however in cooler areas the foliage tends to look a little ragged in winter and gardeners often do a ‘tidy up’ by pruning back hard.
Pruning back also helps revitalize the plant and keep it bushy, this is also a great time to weed around the plants and apply mulch.
How to Grow Stokesia laevis
Although this is a hardy plant it grows best in a humus rich moisture retentive soil.
- Full sun to part shade with flowering more prolific with good sun. In warmer zones afternoon light shade is recommended.
- Fertilizer should be applied in spring and again in late summer, a general purpose slow release type is usually sufficient.
- Water when the soil begins to dry.
- We do recommend mulching around Stokesia laevis with some well rotted compost in early spring.
Pruning Stokesia laevis
Pruning is generally not required although plants should be deadheaded after flowering to promote a second flush of growth.
Simply use garden snips to remove the flower stem at the base.
Cultivars and Varieties
- S. laevis ‘Rosea’ is the pink flowering form.
- S. laevis ‘Blue Danube’ has blue to mauve flowers.
- S. laevis ‘Blue Moon’, very attractive blue flowers.
- S. laevis ‘Blue Parasols’, flowers are a lilac blue.
- Mega Mel’s is a variety with larger flowers than most.
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We Are Asked
- Can you use Stokes Aster for Cut Flowers?
Yes the flower stems are strong enough.
- Does Stokes Aster spread?
Yes it will form a clump over time and can be divided in early spring.
- How to promote more flowers?
Deadhead s the flowers die back to increase blooms.
- Do you prune Stokes Aster?
In early spring prune away any dead or damaged foliage.
- Is Stokesia laevis evergreen?
Yes in warmer climate zones it is evergreen.