Stokesia laevis

stokesia. Stoke's aster

Asteraceae (Compositae)

wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1-1.5 ft    Width: 1-2 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color   flower color   flower color      white,blue,purple,lavender
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Small specimen plant or low-growing mass planting. Heat tolerant.
Propagation: Seed, division.
Availability: Big box stores, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: mildly acidic to neutral


wildlife plant  
Pollinated by 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:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Makes a good cut flower, albeit with relatively short stems. Deadheading extends the bloom period.

Other Comments:

Named after Jonathan Stokes (1755–1831), an English botanist.