|Size||8” 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, small urban gardens, mass plantings, butterfly gardens, cutting gardens, cottage gardens, container gardens|
|Market appeal / Uniqueness||Unlike other Stoke's asters, the bloom centers on Elf are domed, not cupped, so you can see them more easily. This plant is also one of the shortest, most compact selections with the darkest green foliage.|
|Propagation Methods||vegetative stem cuttings, divisions|
|Bloom Time||from late June to August, flowering continuously|
This new brightly colored, compact selection of the native Stoke's aster is a sport of the selection'Blue Danube' found by my friends at Hoffie Nursery in Union, IL. Plants Nouveau is proud to be introducing this plant with exclusive rights to North America.
I love this new, very tiny selection of Stoke's Aster. This is truly a native that thrives in the south due to its heat tolerance. this new selection has quickly, but tightly filled out from a small one gallon to a mound of clean deep green, leathery foliage that reaches 10 by 10" in my garden. The blooms are electric violet and hold up in full sun and humidity well. I also love the shape of these blooms.
Usually, you have to get down on your knees to fully see the beauty of a Stoke's aster bloom. Not Elf - the blooms are domed, like an aster, so you needn't kneel for this beauty. The brightly colored, 2" wide blooms look right up at you and make a lovely addition to any floral arrangement.