Stokesia laevis 'Purple Parasols'

Purple Parasols Stokes’ Aster




Patents: PP#10660

Family: Compositae

Genus: Stokesia

Parent: Stokesia laevis

Category: Perennial

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 18" tall and wide.

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Pink-purple flowers on erect stems in spring. Selected for its numerous flowers, larger flowers and vigorous habit.


Discovered in 1993 as a naturally occurring mutation of a seedling of Stokesia cyanea in Hebron, KY. Patent application filed in 1997. (Stokesia cyanea is considered to be a synonym of Stokesia laevis.

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My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Evergreen in April 2010 and planted it inside the pool fence, moving it to the perennial bed in late summer. It bloomed in May and June and again in May 2011, and was 100% larger. Possibly the best performing of the cultivars I have. In spring 2012 a second plant appeared where the original had been - presumably a seedling, flowers were identical to the original. This plant got bigger and returned and reseeded and crowded out a phlox. In September 2013 I moved it and divided it, planting it in two locations in the Blue Bird Perennials garden.

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