Stokesia laevis 'Peachie's Pick' also known as Stokes' Aster.
Isn't she lovely!
Isn't she lovely!
|As you can see, there is nothing peachy or apricot about this Stokes' Aster! It's the prettiest lavender blue.|
But, it languished in the garden the first season I planted it. It slowly started to disappear. Once I figured out that it "brooks no poorly drained, heavy clay soil" we started getting along much better.
|IMHO, 'Peachie's Pick' is the best stokesia I've seen!|
Having failed with species Stokes' Aster~I was prepared to give Peachie the garden conditions she needed~Dry feet all winter, even moisture all summer and plenty of sun. I planted them in the Susan's Bed, right next to the soaker hose, in soil amended with gravel to improve drainage. She's thrived ever since!
I'm not the only one at C and L who loves this flower~Pollinators of all shapes and sizes stop by for a bit of nectar and pollen. (More about pollen and nectar at Lip Smacking Deliciousness)
The skippers are my favorite of the Peachie's Pick visitors. They are darling little butterflies that seem to skip from flower to flower, barely resting, but, they always stop to feed on the stokesia. Seeing them everyday flitting about assures me that I am doing the right things in this garden to create a healthy garden habitat. (Eye, Eye, Skipper~A Big Eyed Pollinator) Randy has identified these skippers as female Sachem. Thank you!
|Look at that beetle chomp away on the pollen! Beetles are important pollinators, too.|
|You're probably wondering how I could tease you with this absolutely marvelous plant if you can't grow it.|
If you aren't crazy about the lavender flowers of 'Peachie's Pick' ~You might like Stokesia laevis 'Mary Gregory' with yellow flowers.
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