Stokesia laevis ‘Blue Moon’ STOKES ASTER –
Soft, delicate moonlight blue flowers.
Stokesia laevis Blue Moon, Blue Moon Stokes Aster: Native of the south-east of the US, Stokesia laevis grows in moist, acid soil, in the understory of coniferous forests, also in wetlands and meadows.
Reliable, heavy bloomer
Suited to a temperate climate the flowers appear in late spring summer, however if in moderate regions it can flower in all months of the year especially if spent flowers are pinched out. Huge pale lavender blue fringed flowers up to 7.5cm across sit well above the neat clump of evergreen foliage. Enjoys full sun to light shade. Heat, dry and frost hardy in a well mulched bed.
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 45cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun, Can tolerate Partial shade may not flower as profusely.
– Soil: Well-drained soil is necessary for this plant. Very adaptable to moist or dry conditions, but no standing water.
– Fragrance: None.
– Frost: Hardy.
– Growth: Evergreen Perennial.
– Attracts: Beneficial pollinators like bees, and butterflies absolutely adore the landing pad of Stokesias.
– Care: Keep new plants watered after planting. Minimal care is needed once established in the garden. Dead-head readily for repeat, fresh blooms.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Unpalatable and resistant to such animal pests.
– Origin: Native to the south-eastern United States.