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NC Native Plant Society:
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Stokesia laevis

Stokes Aster, Stokesia, Blue Stokesia, Stokes's Aster, Cornflower Aster

Scientific Name:

Stokesia laevis

Genus:

Stokesia

Species Epithet:

laevis

Common Name:

Stokes Aster, Stokesia, Blue Stokesia, Stokes's Aster, Cornflower Aster

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

S.E. Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Native in pitcherplant bogs and moist pinelands of FL, GA, and SC, rather frequently grown as a garden plant and naturalized from cultivation at least in NC. While Weakley shows it only as a waif in NC, USDA PLANTS shows it as native in Guilford County. Vascular Plants of NC gives it a ranking of State Endangered.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Cultivars available.

Flower head beginning to unfurl

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Stokesia laevis. You will likely hear them called Stokes Aster, Stokesia, Blue Stokesia, Stokes's Aster, Cornflower Aster. This picture shows the Flower head beginning to unfurl of Stokesia laevis

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of large (2-2.5 inches) flower head

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Stokesia laevis. You will likely hear them called Stokes Aster, Stokesia, Blue Stokesia, Stokes's Aster, Cornflower Aster. This picture shows the Close-up of large (2-2.5 inches) flower head of Stokesia laevis

Bettina Darveaux

The colors are spectacular when backlit

garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Stokesia laevis. You will likely hear them called Stokes Aster, Stokesia, Blue Stokesia, Stokes's Aster, Cornflower Aster. This picture shows the The colors are spectacular when backlit of Stokesia laevis

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/stokesia-laevis/

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=STLA6



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