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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Stokesia laevis-Stokes Aster

Propagating Stokesia or Stokes Aster should be done in the spring by digging up the parent plant and dividing off good rootstocks for transplant. In warmer zones it is evergreen, but will winter kill below Zone 5. Mounding type of perennial that is tolerant of hot, humid summers in full sun in well drianed soil, especially winters, and butterflies enjoy the nectar, but deer tend not to browse. Deadhead to lengthen bloom time which is July to September and it can reach a height of 12"-24". Colors vary on each plant opening white and turning blue, pink, purple and even yellow.

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