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Stokesia 'Colorwheel' (Stokes' aster)

Stokesia 'Colorwheel' PP12718

Stokes' aster

A marvelous variety from Itsaul Plants with 3" flowers that open white and age to lavender then dark blue-purple. Flowers of all shades form a tapestry of color. A drought-tolerant native that looks neat and clean in a pot and fantastic in the garden. Very easy to grow.

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12-18 Inches


12-18 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color

Mixed Colors

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Stokes' aster Interesting Notes

Stokesia is a monotypic genus (has only one species), named after the English physician and botanist, Jonathan Stokes who was a friend of Linnaeus' son.

Yard work just got a little easier. Adding a few southeastern natives to your landscape may be the best way to get a more beautiful landscape with much less effort. Here's why: These plants are ideally suited to the south. They are uniquely adapted to annual rainfall patterns, humid summers, wet winters and sticky clay. They have also developed natural defenses against an assortment of insect pests and diseases. For these reasons, native plants require less regular maintenance, less watering once established, fewer insect and disease controls, and fewer synthetic fertilizers.

Stokes aster (Stokesia laevis (J. Hill) Greene) is a herbaceous perennial that is used mainly as a landscape ornamental or a specialty cut flower. Stokes aster is a versatile plant that thrives in a variety of climates and soil types. Despite the fact that stokes aster is indigenous to the Southeast, it is classified as cold hardy to USDA Zone 5. Stokes aster can grow in a variety of natural environments including full sun to part shade, in well drained to moderately damp soils. Stokes aster forms a basal rosette with alternate leaves that are elliptic to lanceolate in shape and range from 10-30 cm long by 0.8-5.0 cm wide. Typically stokes aster plants grow from 30 to 60 cm in height. Stokes aster generally flowers from late spring through the summer till frost. The flowers of stokes aster are perfect and composite and resemble many flowers of the Asteraceae family to which it belongs. Most stokes aster cultivars produce flowers that are blue or purple, but there are 2 white-flowered (albescent) cultivars, two deep pink cultivars, and 1 yellow-flowered cultivar now available commercially. NCSU Trials

Spectacular new look for Stokesias! Starting in mid-May 'Colorwheel' sends up branched bloom stalks which open almost pure white. As the days progress, the same bloom fades to lavender, then to deeper lavender and finally to purple. During the lavender and purple stages, new white blooms open on the same bloom stalk. The overall effect is as many as five different colors on the same plant. Foliage is strap-like to 10", blooms reach 24". - ItSaul Plants.

Stokesia 'Colorwheel' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in full sun average to moist soil with good drainage. Water well on planting and regularly until established. Drought tolerant. Deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering.

Good Substitutions

Stoke's aster Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Native to North America
Propagation Type