Georgia Gardener Newsletter Cool Plant: June 1, 2006
Blue Danube Stokes' Aster
Stokesia laevis 'Blue Danube'
Blue Danube Stokes' aster is an early summer blooming perennial with bluish-purple 2.5 inch
aster-like flowers on 12-18 inch stems. The strap-like foliage is
evergreen and remains neatly compact through the winter.
Plant Stokes' aster in full sun to light shade with well-drained soil.
This plant is not fussy and very easy to grow. It can produce a number of
seedlings around the parent plant. However, these are easily controlled
by removing the spent flowers or simply transplanting the seedlings to other
Mix Stokes' aster with other sun-loving perennials in a flower bed, cottage garden
or wildflower meadow. It can also be used as edging at the
front of a full sun bed with shrubs or in a rose garden. In the picture above,
the Stokes' aster has been planted with our native orange-flowered milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa),
which is a host plant for the Monarch Butterfly.
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