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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image of Stokesia laevis, Stoke's Aster, Blue Stokesia

JK Marlow    jkm080705_160

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Stokesia laevis, Stoke's Aster, Blue Stokesia

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, Stoke's Aster, Blue Stokesia

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, Stoke's Aster, Blue Stokesia

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, Stoke's Aster, Blue Stokesia

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, Stoke's Aster, Blue Stokesia

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, Stoke's Aster, Blue Stokesia

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.