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Mary Gregory Aster

Stokesia laevis 'Mary Gregory'

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Mary Gregory Aster (Stokesia laevis 'Mary Gregory') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Stokesia laevis 'Mary Gregory' flowers

Stokesia laevis 'Mary Gregory' flowers

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Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  16 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Stoke's Aster

Description:

A unique variety with light yellow flowers that are full and complex; perfect for containers and the front of borders; attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden; tolerates summer heat well; water daily

Ornamental Features

Mary Gregory Aster has masses of beautiful fragrant buttery yellow daisy flowers with yellow centers held atop the stems from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Mary Gregory Aster is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Mary Gregory Aster is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Mary Gregory Aster will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Mary Gregory Aster is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features