Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Stokes's Aster - Stokesia laevis   (Hill) Greene
Members of Asteraceae:
Only member of Stokesia in NC.
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Author(Hill) Greene
DistributionFound only in three counties of the southern Mountains, northern Piedmont, and central Coastal Plain. Macon County in 1996; Guilford County in 1967, and Lenoir County in 1998. An 1898 specimen GH) from Buncombe County was from a cultivated plant.

Native of the Coastal Plain in SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, and LA.
AbundanceVery rare. Planted in gardens and rarely escaping -- familiar to many people in such gardens and arboretums.
HabitatJones Knob meadow trail (Macon Co.), Starmount Forest, Greensboro (Guilford Co.), roadside (Lenoir County). In its native range, it is a species of wet pitcher-plant seepages and diverse pine savannas.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-August.
IdentificationStokes's Aster has no close relatives; it is a spectacular wildflower, native in states not too far south of NC. The stems grow 1-2 feet tall; the lower leaves are long-stalked while the upper leaves are sessile. The leaf blades are lance-shaped, the upper with a few slender teeth basally. The terminal head is large, 2-2.5 inches across, the rays and disks various shades of blue, lavender, and white.
Taxonomic CommentsThere is only one species in the genus Stokesia.

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