Stokesia laevis

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Stokesia. Stoke's Aster

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:1-1.5 ft tall by 1-2 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,blue,purple,lavender
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant. Blooms in summer.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Small specimen plant or low-growing mass planting. Heat tolerant.
Propagation:Seed, division.
Availability:Big box stores, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Mildly acidic to neutral



Attracts butterflies, bees, and wasps.

Native Habitats:Flatwoods, ruderal. Also cultivated. The pictures are of a cultivated specimen.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Makes a good cut flower, albeit with relatively short stems. Deadheading extends the bloom period.
General Comments:Named after Jonathan Stokes (1755–1831), an English botanist.