Botanical Name: Stokesia laevis Blue Moon
Common Name: Blue Moon Stokes Aster
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 10
Stokesia laevis Blue Moon, Blue Moon Stokes Aster: Native of the south-east of the US, Stokesia laevis grows in moist, acid soil, in the understory in coniferous forests, also in wetlands and meadows. Suited to a temperate climate the flowers appear in late spring summer, however if in moderate regions it can flower in all months of the year especially if spent flowers are pinched out. Huge pale lavender blue fringed flowers up to 7.5cm across sit well above the neat clump of evergreen foliage. Enjoys full sun to light shade. Heat, dry and frost hardy in a well mulched bed. Needs good drainage. 50cm H x 45cm W.
Sow Stokesia seed in either the spring or autumn. Sow onto moist, good quality seed raising mix and cover seeds with 1cm of mix. Place in a propagator with plastic lid to keep moisture in, then place in a warm location at around 16-20°C. Germination of perennial cornflowers takes 3 to 4 weeks. When the seedlings emerge remove the plastic cover and place in a well lit or sunny location. Keep moist but not soggy. Transplant seedlings into 8cm pots once large enough to handle. Plant out after all danger of frost has passed into a sunny well drained location outdoors.