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Stokes Aster - Stokesia laevis

Stokes Aster - Stokesia laevis

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•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Typically grows 1 to 2 feet tall and wide

•Phenology: Perennial herb with basal rosette of lance-shaped leaves and large daisy-like flowers in shades of blue, purple, or white

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Late spring to summer

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Evergreen

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy or loamy soils

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Prefers moderately moist soil but can tolerate drought once established

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Native plant gardens, butterfly gardens, pollinator gardens, mass plantings, borders

•Maintenance Tips: Low maintenance; deadhead spent flowers to encourage prolonged blooming; divide clumps every few years to rejuvenate growth

•Considerations: Generally pest and disease resistant; may benefit from occasional fertilization to promote healthy growth

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; typically not preferred by deer or rabbits

•Edible: Not typically consumed

•Medicinal Uses: No significant medicinal uses

•Toxicity to Pets: Not known to be toxic to pets

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

•Wildlife Benefit: Attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies; provides habitat and food for various insects

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