Stokes' aster 'Klaus Jelitto' Stokesia laevis 'Klaus Jelitto'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Stokes' aster 'Klaus Jelitto'


'Klaus Jelitto' is a herbaceous perennial 35-50cm high with evergreen rosettes of elliptic to lance-shaped, mid-green basal leaves up to 20cm long, smaller stem leaves, and flowerheads, up to 10cm across, with blue-purple ray-florets and disc-florets, from midsummer to early autumn

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Stokes' Aster, Klaus Jelitto Stokes' Aster, Cornflower Aster.

    • Common names

      Stokesia laevis 'Klaus Jelitto'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Southeastern United States


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds beauty to the garden with its striking blue-violet flowers and attractive foliage.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Draws in bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, Stokes' aster is quite drought-resistant, making it suitable for xeriscape gardens.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care beyond occasional watering and deadheading to encourage more blooms.
    • Long Blooming Period: Flowers from early summer to early fall, providing color over an extended period.
    • Cold Hardy: Capable of surviving and thriving in cooler climates down to USDA zone 5.
    • Deer Resistance: Generally resistant to browsing by deer, which can protect the garden from damage.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Stokes' aster can be used as a natural dye source, with various parts of the plant potentially yielding colors for textiles.
    • This plant's robust nature allows it to help prevent soil erosion when planted in areas prone to this problem.
    • Since Stokes' aster is attractive to bees and butterflies, it can be planted as part of a pollinator garden to support local ecosystems.
    • The flowers can be used in crafting, such as in dry flower arrangements or pressed flower art, due to their vivid colors and shapes.
    • The plant can serve as an educational tool in horticultural programs, giving students a chance to study and propagate native perennials.
    • In landscape design, Stokes' aster can be used as a thematic element in "moon gardens" due to its light-colored flowers that reflect moonlight.
    • Its durable cut flowers make Stokes' aster suitable for use in flotation water features, where they can float and add aesthetic appeal.
    • Gardeners can use this plant to create a "living mulch" that suppresses weeds while also adding a splash of color to garden beds.
    • Stokes' aster can be incorporated into sensory gardens, where its textured leaves and colorful blooms engage the tactile and visual senses.
    • The dried seed heads of Stokes' aster can add a unique visual interest to winter gardens or as part of naturalistic indoor decorations.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Stokes' Aster is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Stokes' Aster is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Charm and Attraction: Stokesia laevis 'Klaus Jelitto', commonly known as the Stokes' aster, often symbolizes charm and attraction due to its striking and attractive blooms that captivate the attention of onlookers.
    • Endurance: As a plant that proves to be resilient in a variety of soil conditions and can withstand drought once established, the Stokes' aster represents endurance and the ability to thrive in challenging environments.
    • Uniqueness: The Stokes' aster, with its unique and vibrant flowers, often symbolizes individuality and the beauty of being unique, encouraging one to stand out and embrace their distinctive qualities.
    • Elegance: With its elegant flower form and poise, the Stokes' aster embodies elegance and grace, making it representative of refined beauty and sophistication.
    • Memory: In some cultural contexts, asters are associated with remembrance, making the Stokes' aster a symbol of cherished memories and the importance of holding onto the moments that matter.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Stokes’ Asters should be watered regularly, aiming for at least one inch of water weekly. During the growing season, if rainfall is not sufficient, supplement with additional watering. Make sure the soil is moist but not soggy, as overwatering can lead to root rot. It's best to water deeply and less frequently to encourage deep root growth. During hot, dry spells, you may need to water Stokes’ Asters twice a week to maintain consistent soil moisture.

  • sunLight

    Stokes’ Aster thrives in full sun to partial shade. It performs best when planted in a spot that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. When grown in too much shade, the plant may become leggy and produce fewer flowers. Choosing a location that gets morning sun and afternoon shade can help prevent the leaves from scorching in areas with intense heat.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Stokes’ Aster prefers a temperate climate and can usually withstand temperatures as low as 0°F and as high as 90°F. However, it flourishes in temperatures ranging between 60°F and 80°F. To ensure good health and flowering, avoid placing the plant in locations where temperature extremes are common.

  • scissorsPruning

    Stokes’ Aster benefits from pruning to maintain shape and encourage bushier growth. Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth begins, cutting back the previous year's growth to about 4-6 inches above ground level. Deadheading spent flowers during the blooming season can also promote further blooms.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for Stokes' Aster is well-drained loam with a high organic content to retain moisture. It prefers soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Stokes' Aster, being a perennial, does not require frequent repotting and is typically repotted only when divided every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Stokes' Aster prefers average humidity levels and does not have specific high humidity requirements; it is generally adaptable to the humidity found in typical garden settings.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright light and keep soil moist for best indoor growth.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-drained soil, water regularly, but avoid waterlogging.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Stokesia laevis 'Klaus Jelitto', commonly known as the Stokes' aster, begins its life cycle as a seed which germinates in the spring when soil temperatures warm up. The seedling stage follows, characterized by the emergence of its first true leaves, and as it matures, it develops a basal rosette of leaves. During its vegetative stage, the plant focuses on growing larger and stronger, preparing for the flowering stage which typically occurs in late spring to summer, showcasing its distinctive lavender-blue flowers. After pollination, usually by bees and butterflies, the plant will produce seeds in late summer to fall, completing its reproductive cycle. During winter or in response to harsh conditions, the Stokes' aster may enter a dormant stage, where growth slows down or ceases temporarily. With the return of favorable conditions in spring, the plant will break dormancy and the life cycle starts anew, with some plants also capable of vegetative reproduction through clumping.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Stokesia laevis 'Klaus Jelitto', commonly known as Stokes' aster, is commonly propagated by seed. For successful propagation, one should sow the seeds in late winter to early spring. The seeds need to be lightly covered with soil and kept moist until germination, which usually occurs within a couple of weeks at a temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). No pretreatment of the seeds is necessary, and once seedlings are large enough to handle, they can be transplanted to individual pots and later moved to the garden after the risk of frost has passed. Seed propagation is popular due to its simplicity and effectiveness, allowing gardeners to produce numerous plants relatively easily.