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.
|States||Cost per order|
|AL, DE, GA, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV||$12|
|AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WI||$14|
|IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX||$16|
|CO, NE, ND, and SD||$18|
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?
All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship on Monday and Tuesday so your plants don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.Can I place an order and have it shipped at a later date?
Sorry, all plants are shipped within 8 days of placing an order.How will my plants get delivered?
Most orders are shipped via UPS Ground with some smaller orders being delivered by USPS Priority Mail.Are your plants shipped in their containers?
Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions 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.Is there a fee if I decide to cancel my order?
If you cancel an order and the plants have been pulled and prepared for packing and shipping, there is a 15% restocking fee.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.