Stokesia laevis (Hill) Greene

Stokes’ Aster

Family: Compositae

Genus: Stokesia

Category: Perennial

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 2' tall, 1.5' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Blooms from spring and intermittently through summer. Purple-blue flowers. Divide every three to four years. Prefers moist soil but drought tolerant once established. Deer resistant. Needs dry soil in winter.



Published in Erythea 1: 3 in 1893.

Native to the southeastern US from Florida to North Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi.

My Experience: 

The various cultivars that I have planted have reseeded and all produce blue flowers. I planted two of these seedlings in the Ornamental Grasses Border in autumn 2014.

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