Stokesia laevis ‘Mel’s Blue’
Very large and shaggy blue flowers with notched rays. These surround a pincushion center of feathery disk florets. Forms a low mound of grass-green foliage. The violet blue cornflower-like blooms are held high on leafy, strong stems perfect for cutting. Stokesia laevis ‘Mel’s Blue’ is most attractive in small groups or used throughout a border.
Reliable, heavy bloomer
Suited to a temperate climate the flowers appear in late spring and summer, however if in moderate regions it can flower in all months of the year especially if spent flowers are pinched out.
Growing: Stokesia laevis ‘Mel’s Blue’
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 45cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun, Can tolerate Partial shade may not flower as profusely.
– Soil: Will tolerate a range of soils, however it must be well drained. Very adaptable to moist or dry conditions, but no standing water.
– Fragrance: None.
– Frost: Hardy.
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial.
– Attracts: Bees as well as butterflies absolutely adore the landing pad blooms of Stokesia laevis ‘Mel’s Blue’.
– Care: Minimal care is needed especially once established in the garden. Dead-head readily for repeat, fresh blooms.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Unpalatable and resistant to such animal pests because they dislike the texture,
– Origin: Native to the south-eastern United States.