Stokesia (Stokesia) from the family of Astrovs is a perennial unpretentious plant from North America, which is successfully used in floral arrangements of almost any style of landscape design.
Leaves of culture depending on a kind oval or lanceolate. The height of the plant is within 30-50 cm. It blooms at the beginning or middle of summer and continues to flower until the frost. Flowers are very similar to cornflowers and miniature asters. Depending on the variety, they may be white, creamy, pink, yellow, blue or purple.
Popular varieties of Stokesia: “Blue Danube”, white and yellow “Mary Gregory”, purple and pink “Honeysong Purple”, intense blue “Blue Star”, white “Alba”.
Tips for care
Stokesia is easily grown in almost any well-drained soil. It tolerates midday but likes a lot of sunshine, so choose a place that is well lit. Prefers moderately damp soils, but has surprisingly good drought tolerance. Excess moisture in winter is the main cause of this plant’s death, so good water permeability is important.
The plant is winter resistant, but appreciates winter mulch in a cold climate. Seasonal care is limited to weeding, watering and removal of flowers to stimulate long flowering. In late autumn, the dried out stems are cut back.
Reproduces by seeds and bush division. The last method is the best. The procedure is done in spring or autumn after flowering. In addition, to rejuvenate the plantations is useful to conduct the division every 3-4 years.
Seeds are sown into wet peat at the end of winter. After the appearance of 3-4 leaves, seedlings are dipped and planted in separate pots. Planting of sluice in the open ground is done after the last frosts.