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Stokesia 'Purple Parasols' in the

Northeast Florida Landscape

 ( Stokesia laevis 'Purple Parasols' / Stokes Aster )

Stokesia Purple Parasols S & J Tree Farm and NurseryStokesia Laevis Purple Parasols Stokes Aster Origins:

 - Stokesia laevis is a wonderful Florida native perennial heirloom plant that deserves much more garden space than it gets! I think I will never forget the first time I ran into these beauties at a customers home, she had been dividing them for many years and planting them as a border along her driveways and walkways etc. They were in full bloom and I had never seen them before, when she began to talk about how hardy they were with such little care as she gave them I could not understand how none of my suppliers were growing this plant! So I set out to find seeds and young starter plants of Stokesia and have been grabbing and trying every cultivar I can find ever since. To this day they are a favorite among my perennial plantings for Northeast Florida and have thrived in both Jacksonville and St. Augustine area gardens for years.

Stokesia Laevis Purple Parasols Stokes Aster Preferred Exposure:


- Stokes Asters will prefer a full sun or lightly shaded exposure in the Northeast Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape.


Stokesia Laevis Purple Parasols Stokes Aster Foliage:


- Compact mounds of deep dark green leathery tufts of foliage remain evergreen in our Northeast Florida gardens.


Stokesia Laevis Purple Parasols Stokes Aster Soil Preference / Salt tolerance:


-  Purple Parasols Stokes Aster will thrive in well draining soils. Tolerates moist soils as well.


- Salt tolerance unknown


Stokesia Laevis Purple Parasols Stokes Aster Size Variance:


- Stokesia Laevis Purple Parasols Stokes Aster stays low and only reaches 12-18 inches tall and wide the flowering stalks rising above the foliage. 

 - Foliage alone without flowering stalks on it will form a clump 12 inches high  nd 12-18 inches wide.


Stokesia Laevis Purple Parasols Stokes Aster Growth Habit:Stokesia Purple Parasols S & J Tree Farm and Nursery


- Evergreen, clumping almost grass like perennial forms an attractive compact mound of foliage.


Stokesia Laevis Purple Parasols Stokes Aster Growth Rate:


-Stokesia is a moderate grower and can be expected to almost reach its full size within the second or third season after planting from an S & J Tree Farm and Nursery container.


Stokesia Laevis Purple Parasols Stokes Aster Bloom:


- One of my favorite Stokesia selections, purple parasols has large 3-4 inch brightly colored purple blooms.


 - Remove spent flowers individually or the entire stem to prolong blooming period.


Stokesia Laevis Purple Parasols Stokes Aster Water Requirements:


- Moderate


- Water daily for 2-3 weeks after planting and weekly during hot dry summers for established plants.


Butterfly or Bird Attracting:


- Stokes Asters are butterfly attracting.


Best Uses For Stokesia Laevis Purple Parasols Stokes Aster in the Northeast Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area garden:


- Stokesia is an excellent Florida native perennial selection for the Northeast Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape.


 -  Low maintenance, compact form and lots of color make it a garden staple that everyone should find a place for in the garden.


- Plant in masses around a bird bath or other accent for a beautiful and graceful display of blooms.


- Plant along the edge of a walkway or path for an added pop of color to lead you on your way.


- Excellent front of the border planting for an instant cottage garden feel.


Care of Stokesia Laevis Purple Parasols Stokes Aster in the Northeast Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape:



- Dig and divide plant every few years or as needed for additional garden plants.


- Water every day during the establishment period after planting in the garden from a nursery container. And at least weekly during hot dry summer months.


- Prune out old foliage each spring or as needed any time of the year to maintain plants tidy appearance.


 - Remove spent blooms to prolong flowering season.


- Fertilize each spring with a handful of garden compost or a mixture of Milorganite and a slow release poly coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food or 10-10-10.


Check out these other S & J Nursery Stokesia laevis / Stokes Aster

perennial plant selections....

Stokesia Klaus Jelitto

Stokesia White Surprise

Stokesia Good-N-Purple

Stokesia laevis Blue

 Stokesia Mary Gregory Yellow

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