GENUS CODE: STOKE GENUS SCIENTIFIC:Stokesia GENUS AUTHORITY: L'Hér. GENUS COMMON: Stokesia GENUS SUMMARY: A monotypic genus, an herb, of se. North America. GENUS IDENTIFICATION: GENUS REFERENCES: Strother in FNA (2006a); Jones (1982)=Z; Cronquist (1980)=SE.
FAMILY CODE: ASTERA FAMILY SCIENTIFIC:Asteraceae FAMILY AUTHORITY: Dumortier 1822 or COMPOSITAE Giseke 1792 FAMILY COMMON: Aster Family FAMILY SUMMARY: A family of about 1500-1700 genera and 20,000-25,000 species, shrubs, herbs, trees, and vines, cosmopolitan in distribution. FAMILY REFERENCE: Cronquist (1980)=SE throughout family treatment.
FRUITING PERIOD: DISTRIBUTION
NATIVE RANGE: southeastern United States HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: Elegant pale blue to purple flowers provide a striking show in the garden. Its notched ray petals surround a central disc containing many small flowers in the center. The color blue is uncommon and highly prized in the perennial border, complementing many other colors. The flowers are very attractive to butterflies. It is an excellent choice for the sunny perennial border.
Bloom Table Text: Stokesia (pronounced stoks-ee-a) was named in honor of Dr. Jonathan Stokes, an Edinburgh physician and friend of Linnaeus. This native perennial prefers a sunny to partially sunny location, and should have well-drained soil to prevent rotting in the winter. It is a very tough wildflower that has undergone alot of breeding to produce new varieties with white, yellow, and various shades of purple and blue flowers. The â€˜Mary Gregoryâ€™ variety was developed at Niche Gardens, just west of Chapel Hill. Blooming during early and mid summer, Stokesâ€™-aster makes an excellent cut flower.
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2016 National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.3 (Lichvar, R.W., D.L. Banks, W.N. Kirchner, and N.C. Melvin. 2016. The National Wetland Plant List: 2016 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2016-30: 1-17. Published 28 April 2016. ISSN 2153 733X). Regions: AGCP-Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, AK-Alaska, AW-Arid West, CB-Caribbean, EMP-Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, GP-Great Plains, HI-Hawaii, MW-Midwest, NCNE-Northcentral and Northeast, WMCV-Western Mountains, Valleys & Coast
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Stokesia laevis
COMMON NAME: Stokesia, Stokes Aster, Blue Stokesia
SYNONYMY: [= FNA, K, RAB, S, SE, WH3, Z]
PHENOLOGY: Late Jun-Aug.
HABITAT: Native in pitcherplant bogs and moist pinelands of FL, GA, and SC, rather frequently grown as a garden plant and naturalized from cultivation at least in NC.
COMMENTS: Native from e. SC south ne. FL, FL Panhandle, west to LA. There seems no reason to question the validity and native status of the early record from SC. A unique tetraploid population found by the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Omega, GA (near Tifton) in the 1990s was distinguished by having distinct upright and long scapes, up to 1 meter in length; the original population has been destroyed, but a selection derived from it was named Omega Skyrocket and introduced into the commercial trade (D. Werner, pers. comm. 2006).
RANGE MAP: Stokesia laevis.png
Key to Map SymbolsABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora) Asteraceae Dumortier 1822 or COMPOSITAE Giseke 1792 (Aster Family) SUMMARY: A family of about 1500-1700 genera and 20,000-25,000 species, shrubs, herbs, trees, and vines, cosmopolitan in distribution. REFERENCE: Cronquist (1980)=SE throughout family treatment.ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora) Stokesia L'Hér. (Stokesia) SUMMARY: A monotypic genus, an herb, of se. North America. REFERENCE: Strother in FNA (2006a); Jones (1982)=Z; Cronquist (1980)=SE.
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