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Featured Plants - Stokes' Aster

Stokes’Aster - Photo by Marian Hengemihle

Stokesia laevis ‘Klaus Jelitto’

Native to the southeastern US, this easy to grow perennial makes a colorful addition to sunny borders, containers, and wildflower or cutting gardens. In summer floral arrangements, blooms persist about a week after cutting. ‘Klaus Jelitto’ variety, named for the German seedsman, bears large soft blue flowers 4 inch in diameter on erect stems from a rosette of glossy leathery leaves. Other cultivars are available in shades of white, pink, and yellow. Plants grow about 15 inches high and wide and bloom in midsummer. When flowers are deadheaded, they reward you with additional blooms. Best growth is in full sun in well-drained soil. Established plants are drought tolerant. Flowers attract butterflies, and foliage remains evergreen into the winter. 
April 2013

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