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Information About Stokes Aster

Information About Stokes Aster


Stokes Asters Flowers – Tips For Stokes Aster Care

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Sustainable and xeric gardens benefit from the addition of the stokes aster. Care of this charming plant is minimal once the stokes aster plant is established in the garden. Read this article to learn more.


  • Common Names: Stokes' aster.
  • Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
  • Height: 12 to 24 inches (30—60 cm).
  • Native: North America.
  • Growing Region: Zones 6 to 10.
  • Flowers: Early to mid-summer.
  • Flower Details: Purple, white, blue, pink, yellow. Fringed. cornflower-like. Notched rays. Pincushion center.
  • Foliage: Evergreen. Medium green Rosettes are lanceolate to elliptic. Leafy stems.
  • Sow Outside: Cover seed. Start of spring or the beginning of autumn.
  • Sow Inside: Germination time: 3 to 4 weeks. Temperature: 70°F (21°C). Two months in advance. Transplant outdoors before the last light frost or at the start of autumn. Space at 12 to 18 inches (30—45 cm).
  • Requirements and care: Full sunlight (for best results) or partial shade. Wet soils kill off plants in the winter. Good drainage. Medium or rich soil. Cut back to the ground in autumn. Propagate: by dividing at the start of spring.
  • Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)
  • Closely Related Species: Achillea, Aster, Callistephus, Cosmea, Helianthus, Leontopodium, Liatris, Sanvitalia, Townsendia, and Zinnia.
  • Miscellaneous: Named after the English botanist and physician Jonathan Stokes, famous for his work on treating heart failure using the Foxglove (Digitalis). The genus contains just one species: Stokesia laevis. Tolerant of drought and rabbits.

The seeds of Stokes Aster (Stokesia plants) can be sown outdoors in either early spring or early autumn. Seeds should be sown in either a sunny or partially shaded part of the garden and then lightly covered. Stokesia likes to grow in a rich soil and it is very important that the ground that the plant grows in has very good drainage.

If starting off indoors then start about 10 weeks in advance. Seeds should take about 3 to 4 weeks to germinate at 20 to 22 degrees Celsius.

The young Stokesia plants can be put outside either early in autumn or just before the last frost of spring. Small species of Stokesia should be planted at about 25 cm apart, whilst larger varieties should be planted about 45 cm apart.


Tips & Information about Stokes Aster - garden

The large white flowers of this variety open with a hint of yellow in the center before maturing to clear white. The blooms hover over neat mounds of broad, deep green, strap-like leaves during late July and August.

Great For: Plant with Platycodon and Phlox Plant with Artemisia and Sedum

HEIGHT: 14-18"

WIDTH: 14-18"

SUN: 5+ hours

Flower Size: 3"

Flower Color: White

Growth Rate: Rapid

Tree and Shrub Sizes

What Do the Sizes Mean on Trees and Shrubs?

Generally, the bigger the number, the bigger the price, the bigger the plant.

Plants with a number sign (#) followed by a number are roughly equivalent to gallon pot sizes (i.e. #2 = 2 gallon, #3 = 3 gallon and so on). These plants are sold in containers.

Plants with a height (i.e. 5-6') indicate an estimate of the current height of the plant.

Plants measured in inches (i.e. 2.5") indicate the caliper (trunk width) of the plant.

Plants measured by caliper (inches) are generally larger than plants measured in height (feet).

Plants with B&B in the size are sold as balled and burlap (not in a container).

For more information, please see this video that will show you examples and tips on selecting trees and shrubs.

Home Delivery Prices

Home delivery is available to the following locations:

Zone 1 (Z1): Yarmouth

Zone 2 (Z2): Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth

Zone 3 (Z3): Bath, Brunswick, Cape Elizabeth, Durham, Gorham, Gray, New Gloucester, Portland, Pownal, Scarborough, South Portland, Topsham, West Falmouth, Westbrook, Windham

Zone 4 (Z4): Arundel, Biddeford, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Dresden, Harpswell, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach, Phippsburg, Saco, Wells

Zone 5 (Z5): Auburn, Bailey Island, Casco, Dayton, Gardiner, Lewiston, Lisbon, Lisbon Falls, Mechanic Falls, Ogunquit, Orr's Island, Poland, Raymond, Richmond, Sabattus, Standish, Wiscasset

Zone 6 (Z6): Augusta, Boothbay, Bridgeton, Buxton, Cape Neddick, Damariscotta, Fryeburg, Hallowell, Kittery, Limington, Monmouth, Norway, Sanford, South Paris, Springvale, Winthrop, Woolwich, York

The following pricing applies. A percentage (i.e. 10%) indicates a percentage of the order total.

Total Z1 Z2 Z3 Z4 Z5 Z6
- $349 $35 $50 $75 $100 $150 $200
$350+ 10% $50 $75 $100 $150 $200
$500+ 10% 10% $75 $100 $150 $200
$750+ 10% 10% 10% $100 $150 $200
$1000+ 10% 10% 10% 10% $150 $200
$1500+ 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% $200
$2000+ 10% 10% 10% 10% 10% 10%

Home delivery with Estabrook's To Go is currently available to the following locations:

Zone 1: Yarmouth

Zone 2: Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth

The following pricing applies. A percentage (i.e. 10%) indicates a percentage of the order total.

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Watch the video: Propagating aster from seeds