Stokes Aster

christie_sw_mo(Z6)June 25, 2010

I winter sowed these last year but they didn't bloom. This year they're all blooming. I wish I could remember the name of the one I saved seeds from. It might have been Honeysong Purple.

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helenh(z6 SW MO)

What a beautiful color. The moth is a beauty too.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 3:16PM
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gldno1

Maybe I should give these another chance! Yours are beautiful. That is a great picture of the Buckeye.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 5:04AM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Thanks : )
I think I may need to deadhead them and see if they'll keep blooming.

I like that they attract butterflies but I bet if my butterfly bush or zinnias were blooming, they would go to those instead.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 9:04AM
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jaceysgranny(7aAR)

They are very pretty. I've never tried asters but I may now.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2010 at 5:57PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

I looked up that Buckeye butterfly which I thought looked like a moth. The cat of that is something I would squash. I will have to educate myself on this one. I plant milkweed and climbing milkweed considered a weed for the monarchs and let the cats eat fennel and dill, but I don't know about this butterfly. I don't see them here (Maybe because the cat looks like a pest to me). Did you plant something to attract it?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2010 at 7:51PM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

I see lots of buckeye butterflies. They like my verbena bonariensis and sedum (when it starts blooming).

Butterfliesandmoths.org says the hosts are:
Plants from the snapdragon family including snapdragon (Antirrhinum) and toadflax (Linaria); the plantain family including plantains (Plantago); and the acanthus family including ruellia (Ruellia nodiflora).

Our yard is weedy and we have lots of both broadleaf and narrowleaf plantain but so far, I've only found them on narrowleaf plantain. I'll link a photo with both kinds below. I bet they will look familiar. We have plantain in our hayfield too. I'm glad they like weeds. Makes me feel better about our less than perfect lawn.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plants of the Plantain Family

    Bookmark   July 15, 2010 at 9:10PM
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