Stokesia laevis ‘Purple Parasols’
A clump forming perennial with large purple frilled flower heads; Blooming in summer through to autumn on long stems making perfect cut flowers. Stokesia laevis ‘Purple Parasols’ is best planted out in small groups to make the most of their colour impact. A real water-wise and frost hardy plant. Also thrives in humid and sub-tropical gardens. Stokesia laevis grows naturally in moist, acid soil, in the understory of coniferous forests, also in wetlands and meadows.
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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 purple frilled flowers up to 7.5cm across sit well above the neat clump of evergreen foliage. Stokesia laevis ‘Purple Parasols’ Enjoys full sun to light shade. Heat, dry and frost hardy in a well mulched bed.
Growing: Stokesia laevis ‘Purple Parasols’
– Height with flowers: 50cm approx.
– Width: 20cm – 30cm approx.
– Position: Ideally a Full Sun position. Can also tolerate Partial shade but 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.