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Stokesia 'Peachie's Pick'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Stokes' Aster

Named after the plantswoman who discovered it, Peachie Saxton of Mississippi, this variety produces the typical lavender-blue stokesia flowers. However, it blooms much longer and a bit later than the other types. It has an upright habit and healthy-looking, deep green foliage that remains attractive all season. Its longer stems make it a good variety for cut flowers. A solid performer in the landscape.

Stokesia is a native North American wildflower. It has been grown for many years for its beautiful flowers and ease of culture. Because of its heat tolerance, it is widely grown in the south. Blooming from midsummer to early fall (if deadheaded), it is a tremendous accent to yellow, pink, or white mums and other late bloomers.

Breeder: Peachie Saxton

Origin: Native Cultivar

Characteristics:



Height:
  18 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple-blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Drought Tolerant
Mass Planting
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Stokes' Asters perform best in full sun and well-drained soil. It can adapt to dry or moist conditions, but cannot tolerate standing water. Deadheading spent flower stalks often prolongs flowering. Once flowering is finished, plants can be cut back to the basal foliage if fresh new growth is desired. Winter mulch is recommended in zone 5.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Coreopsis 'Creme Brulee' PP16096 COPF
Common Name: Coreopsis-Threadleaf
5,6,7,8,9
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Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'
Common Name: Coreopsis-Threadleaf
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Achillea 'Moonshine'
Common Name: Yarrow
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Hemerocallis 'Spellbinder'
Common Name: Daylily
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.