Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1469

Forb
Perennial

Native in pitcherpant bogs & moist pinelands of SC & GA, naturalized in NC
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare in Coastal Plain, a waif elsewhere (an endemic)

Look for it - it's native in pitcherplant bogs & moist pinelands of FL-GA-SC, rather frequently grown as a garden plant & naturalized from cultivation at least in NC, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Basal leaves evergreen
Simple
Basal & alternate (reduced upward)

FLOWER:
Summer
Rays: Blue/ Violet
Disc: Blue/ Violet
Disc flowers bisexual/ Ray flowers bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Stokesia laevis   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Stokesia laevis   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-23-001:
Stokesia laevis   FAMILY Asteraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Stoke's Aster, Blue Stokesia


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JK Marlow    jkm080705_160

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Stokesia laevis

JK Marlow    jkm160727_465

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

In Asteraceae, styles distally two-branched unless functionally staminate, per Flora of North America.

image of Stokesia laevis

JK Marlow    jkm120815_636

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Phyllary margins pectinately spiny-toothed (at least at base), per Flora of North America.

image of Stokesia laevis

JK Marlow    jkm120815_650

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Basal leaves evergreen, lance-shaped w a white central vein, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

image of Stokesia laevis

JK Marlow    jkm120815_673

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Stem leaves reduced upward, becoming sessile, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Stokesia laevis

JK Marlow    jkm120815_788

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Ray flowers 5-lobed, 2.5-3.5cm long, lobes 5-12mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Stokesia laevis

JK Marlow    jkm120815_793

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Involucres hemispheric; bracts imbricate, outer bracts foliaceous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.