Stokesia laevis 'Mels Blue' PPAF, PBRAF

A vibrant selection with enormous, periwinkle-blue blooms

Size 12-15” tall by 10-12” wide
USDA hardiness Zones 5-10
Sun / Shade full sun
Soil average garden soil
Moisture moist, but well drained
Disease and Pests none known
Landscape use Front of the border, foundation plantings, urban gardens, mass plantings, butterfly gardens, cutting gardens, cottage gardens, container gardens
Market appeal / Uniqueness An upright se lection with 4" wide periwinkle blue blooms held high and flat on strong stems. This is one Stoke's aster you can use for cutting.
Propagation Methods tissue culture, vegetative stem cuttings, divisions
Bloom Time from late June to August, flowering continuously

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

Usually, you have to get down on your knees to fully see the beauty of a Stoke’s aster bloom. Not this new selection!  Mels Blue comes to us from a nursery in The Netherlands and it’s an in your face kind of Stoke’s aster.

Super large, highly visible, brightly colored blooms stand out well against the deep, grass green foliage to make for a stunning display in any garden.

What I like about this one is the upright habit.  It is loaded with blooms that open over a long period of time and will provide continual color for months in your garden or in mixed containers.