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Stokes' Aster, Stokes Aster
Stokesia laevis 'Klaus Jelitto'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stokesia (sto-KEES-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: laevis (LEE-viss) (Info)
Cultivar: Klaus Jelitto




12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:




Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Citrus Heights, California

Fairfield, California

Pasadena, California

Cleveland, Georgia

Champaign, Illinois

Lincoln, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Lansing, Kansas

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Youngsville, Louisiana

Commerce Township, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Sand Lake, Michigan

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Whitehall, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Gilmer, Texas

Huntington, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 1, 2011, flora_p from Champaign, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I adore this plant. It's distinctive and beautiful (not true blue, but closer than it looks in photographs) and reliable, blooming at a time when it's particularly welcome and staying in bloom for several weeks. I never get around to dividing mine and it chugs along nonetheless, and it seems unfazed by being in partial shade. When I can bear to cut some, it's a nice cut flower, too--just keep in mind it closes up in darkness but opens up again in light!

I've also got some "Peachie's Pick" and "Bluestone" Stokesia cultivars, and I'd say you can't really go wrong with any of the three.


On Jul 18, 2005, Tjsangel from Warren, OH wrote:

I've had this aster for 3 yrs now, it's doing great. The flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. It flowers in mid summer large pretty flowers look nice w/yellow can tolerate a little drought but likes water. I also have Blue Danube, and they fit well together. Different plant, likes division every 3 yrs or so.