SOLVED: ID, please for this blue blooming perennial

Wilmington, NC(Zone 8a)

Can someone please tell me the name of this plant? I got a start of this a few years ago and the lady told me the name, but for the life of me, I cannot remember it. I do believe it begins with an S.

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Lake Geneva, WI

Maybe cupids dart?

Wilmington, NC(Zone 8a)

Not Cupids Dart, but looking at the photos of it, I'd love that one as well. The two are pretty much the same shade of blue. Thank you for your reply.

Gahanna, OH(Zone 6b)

Centaurea?

Cashmere, WA

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Can someone please tell me the name of this plant? I got a start of this a few years ago and the lady told me the name, but for the life of me, I cannot remember it. I do believe it begins with an S.


Cashmere, WA

It might be a Stoke's Aster. I dropped your image into the Bing search engine and it came up with alot of similar pics. Another mention was Cornflower (you had mentioned it might start with a C). Hope this helps a little :)

Northern California, CA(Zone 9b)

I agree, looks a lot like Stokesia laevis - Stokes Aster (though similar to Scabiosa and Centaurea too.)
https://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/22/florida-natives-stokes-aster/
https://www.gatewaygardens.com/plant/Stokesia-laevis-Blue-Danube

Wilmington, NC(Zone 8a)

I found it this morning, quite by accident. It is Stokesia or Stokes Aster. Thank you all for your help.......love this plant.

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