Stokesia laevis ‘Alba’

Stokesia

Stokes Aster

<i>Stokesia laevis</i> ‘Alba’

Named to honor the 18th century taxonomist, Dr. Jonathan Stokes, Stokesia is beloved by butterflies, tolerates heat, and appreciates a well-drained, sandy loam with ample moisture and winter mulch in colder climates.

Parading its Cornflower-like snowy white blossoms, this perfect-for-cutting Stokesia casts crisp luminous accents wherever it’s planted. Launched from a deep green and evergreen rosette of lance-shaped alternate leaves on long petioles, the stiff upright multibranched stems give way to fluffy blooms described by two rows of dainty ray flowers that eventually flush a light pink. The outer petals are deeply cut and surround a prominent pale central disc of intricately arranged, narrow tubular petals.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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