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Herbaceous Perennial

Stokesia laevis 'Mini Mels'PBR
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A compact perennial to around 40cm tall forming a low mound of dark green, lance-shaped leaves and bearing blue to dark purple flowerheads with whitish-yellow centres on strong, upright stems from summer into autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Blue Purple Green
Autumn Blue Purple Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Asteraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Stokesia are perennials producing evergreen, basal rosettes. The colourful, cornflower-like flowers are long lasting and good for cutting

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a sunny, sheltered position in a fertile, well-drained soil; liable to rot in wet winter soils

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or root cuttings in late winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering. Tidy foliage in spring when new growth appears

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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