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Super large, highly visible, brightly colored blooms

Stokesia laevis Mels Blue

An upright selection with 4" wide periwinkle blue blooms held high and flat on strong stems. This is one Stoke's aster you can use for cutting.

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.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Mels Blue Stoke's aster
  • Botanical Name

    Stokesia laevis 'Mels Blue' PP23090

Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

    from late June to August, flowering continuously
  • Size

    18-20” tall by 18-20” wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    full sun
  • Soil

    average garden soil
  • Moisture

    moist, but well drained
  • Disease & Pests

    none known
  • Landscape Use

    Front of the border, foundation plantings, urban gardens, mass plantings, butterfly gardens, cutting gardens, cottage gardens, container gardens
  • Propagation

    Tissue Culture