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Stokesia laevis

Stokesia laevis (Hill) Greene

stokes’ aster, blue stokesia, stokes aster, stokesia

Synonym(s): Carthamus laevis
Cultivar(s): Omega Skyrocket, Peachie's Pink
Stokesia laevis (Stokes’ Aster)
Image ID: 8653
Image by: Cotterman, Laura
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library

PLANT INDEX

ID_PLANT: STLA6
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Stokesia laevis
Include in WOTAS: 0
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2019-03-25

CULTIVAR INDEX

Cult_id Cultivar_name Action
1584 Omega Skyrocket View
1585 Peachie's Pink View

GENUS INDEX

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 INDEX

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.

NCBG DESCRIPTIVES

INTRO:
STEMS:
LEAVES:
INFLORESCENCE:
FLOWERS:
FRUITS:
COMMENTS:
HEIGHT: 1-2 ft.

DURATION: Perennial
HABIT: Herb

LEAF ARRANGEMENT:
LEAF COMPLEXITY:
LEAF RETENTION: Semi-evergreen

FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
SYMMETRY:
BLOOM TIME: May-June
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
x x x x x

BLOOM COLOR: Light blue to purple flowers
White Red Pink Orange Yellow Green Blue Lavender Purple Violet Brown Not Applicable
x x x

FRUITING PERIOD:

DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE:
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 ‘Mary Gregory’ variety was developed at Niche Gardens, just west of Chapel Hill. Blooming during early and mid summer, Stokes’-aster makes an excellent cut flower.

NCBG Location: Education Center Landscape, Native Perennial Border, Plant Families Garden

Cultural Notes:

SOIL MOISTURE: Average, Moist/Wet, Well-drained
LIGHT EXPOSURE: Sun, Part Shade
MINIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 5
MAXIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 9
GERMINATION CODE: 2
WILDLIFE VALUE: Bee Friendly, Butterfly Friendly
DEER RESISTANCE:

GRIM ACCESSIONS

acc_id acc_num acc_dt coll_id Action
2475 1986-2322 View
2742 1987-0227 View
6339 1995-1471 View
6588 1996-0222 View
6785 1996-0450 2006-12-06 View


GRIM COLLECTIONS

Coll_id Project Collection date Collector Action
1343 HORT 2006-09-01 Bryan View
1725 HORT 2005-01-01 Bryan View


GRIM PLANTINGS

plt_num acc_id loc_num pers_num inst_dt Action
4202 2475 27 NCBG staff 1986-12-31 View
4203 2475 27 NCBG staff 1986-12-31 View
4204 2475 143 NCBG staff 1986-12-31 View
4565 2742 142 NCBG staff 1999-01-01 View
4566 2742 115 NCBG staff 1967-12-31 View
8994 6339 2 NCBG staff 0000-00-00 View
9304 6588 142 NCBG staff 1967-12-31 View
9594 6785 142 NCBG staff 1996-01-01 View
12920 0 198 MacIntyre 0000-00-00 View

USDA PLANTS DATABASE

USDA Symbol: STLA6
USDA Common Name: Stokes' Aster
Native Status: L48 (N)
Distribution: USA (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb

NATIONAL WETLAND INDICATOR STATUS

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FAC FAC

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

WEAKLEY FLORA

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 Symbols
ABOUT 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.

HERBARIUM RESOURCES

SERNEC: Find Stokesia laevis in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Stokesia laevis in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES

USDA: Find Stokesia laevis in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Stokesia laevis in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Stokesia laevis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Stokesia laevis

IMAGE USE RECORDS

ID IMAGE: 8653 - Primary Image FloraQuest Plant Detail Page (Landscape Preferred)
ID IMAGE1: 8653 - Primary Image WOTAS
ID IMAGE2: 7792 - Secondary Image WOTAS
ID IMAGE3: 8653 - Primary Image Plant Sale Sign (Landscape Only)
ID IMAGE4: 0 - Primary Image New Plant Sale Label (Portrait Only)

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