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Stokesia laevis 'Colorwheel'

Stokes' aster

As the name suggests ‘Colorwheel’ features an array colors on one single plant. The blossoms start out white then mature to lavender and deep purple. Great for massing in a perennial border. The plants will continue to bloom throughout the season if you remove the spent flowers. Drought tolerant once established and rabbits don’t seem to care for them. Perfect for cutting a fresh bouquet.


 

Benefits

  • Blooms with multi-colored flowers in shades of white to purple
  • Continues to bloom throughout the season if you remove spent flowers
  • Great nectar source for butterflies
  • Low maintenance, low growing groundcover
  • Adapts to many conditions except wet ones

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips


Grow in full sun average to moist soil with good drainage. Water well on planting and regularly until established. Drought tolerant. Deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering.




Height
12-18 in

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Spread
12-18 in

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Native Range

Found in coastal plains, bogs, pine savannah and open woodlands.

Native Trivia

Butterflies can't fly if they're cold.
 Since they're cold-blooded animals, they can't regulate their own body temperatures. If the air temperature falls below 55ºF, butterflies are rendered immobile, unable to flee from predators or feed. When air temperatures range between 82º-100ºF, butterflies can fly with ease. 

Patent Number: (PP12,718)

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Ground cover
Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Edging
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Florida
Georgia
Louisiana
Mississippi
North Carolina
South Carolina