Stokes' Aster, Stokes Aster, Cornflower Aster 'Peachie's Pick'

Stokesia laevis

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Stokesia (sto-KEES-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: laevis (LEE-viss) (Info)
Cultivar: Peachie's Pick
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Merryville, Louisiana

Springfield, Louisiana

Sand Lake, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Yonkers, New York

Maumee, Ohio

Okatie, South Carolina

Bellaire, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Garland, Texas

Houston, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Richmond, Virginia

Woodbridge, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 24, 2015, LeslieT from Bellaire, TX wrote:

I really like this perennial in my Houston-area garden. I've been successful in dividing it, as well as had one volunteer from my one original plant. Because I've got it growing in only partial sun, I do have to stake it. However, it's lovely color makes this worth it.


On Feb 25, 2012, whitesam9 from Dayton, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

The flowers are such a beautiful shade of blue and very uniquely shaped. Butterflies love this plant in my garden. It reblooms from Mid-Summer throughout the Fall with deadheading. I've tried it in both full sun and partial shade. It definitely does much better in full sun.


On Oct 25, 2007, austininohio from Maumee, OH wrote:

Northwest, Ohio-
This aster turned out to be a long blooming beauty! It has been blooming since I planted it in June! The bigger it gets, the prettier and more pronounced the blue flower becomes. The foilage is a dark flat green which is also a treat. Watered twice a week and set in 4-5 hours of sun a day. Remove spent flowers to encourage new blooms. Still blooming plenty here in late October! A garden favorite.


On Sep 27, 2007, victorgardener from Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Planted this last Spring ('06) and it had a few blooms the first year. This year it really came into its own. Many blooms that lasted a long time. This one's a real winner. Beautiful shade of blue.