Stoke’s Aster has showy (3 inches across), lavender-color flowers that provide a welcome splash of color in the period after many spring perennials have finished flowering and before most summer-flowering perennials begin.
- Compact habit with sturdy flowering stems
- Flowers attract pollinators
- Leaves remain evergreen in the South
- 18 to 24 inches tall and wide
- Clump-forming habit
- Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9
In central North Carolina, flowering starts in June and lasts three to four weeks.
How to grow
Prefers sun, though plants will still flower in part shade. Planting in moist soil will produce strong growth and lots of flowers. Even though plants prefer moist soil, they can tolerate periodic drought once they are established.
Care and maintenance
While not necessary for the health of the plants, deadheading (cutting off the spent flowers before they go to seed) often promotes an additional flush of flowers later in the summer.
Where to plant
At the front of flower beds and along paths, as well as in wet, low-lying areas.
When to plant
Stoke’s Aster can be planted year-round in the South, with spring and fall being the best times for plant and gardener. Remember to regularly keep plants watered if planting in the summer.
Between 18 and 24 inches apart when planting in a group.
When will my plant flower?
Plants are flowering size and they will bloom their first year if purchased before May.
Native habitat and range
The species, Stokesia laevis can be found in growing pitcher plant bogs and wet pinelands in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Source and origin
Peachie’s Pick was discovered by Peachie Saxon in her Mississippi garden. It was selected for having upright flowering stems that are not as prone to flopping over. Plants are grown from root cuttings here at the nursery.
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Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.When will my order be shipped?
Plants are usually shipped within 8 days from our nursery in central North Carolina. The week your plants will be shipped is displayed in the shopping cart before you complete your order.Can I place an order and have it shipped at a later date?
Sorry, plants are shipped within two weeks of placing an order.How will my plants get delivered?
Almost all orders are shipped on Monday or Tuesday via UPS Ground, which depending on the destination takes between one to four days.Are your plants shipped in their containers?
Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The majority are grown in containers that are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. / 946 ml in volume.Do you guarantee your plants?
We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know. If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.
You can return your plants if you no longer want them once they arrive. To receive a refund (minus 15% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility.Can I cancel my order?
Yes, you can cancel your order. Please visit our terms and service page for details.What about sales tax?
We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.Where can I find information about your plants?
Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.