This was an interesting plant that we saw at the botanical garden. The common name is Purple Parasol or Stokes Aster. Scientifically, it is named Stokesia laevis. It’s kind of amazing to me that I had never seen one before. Stokes’ Aster is native to wetlands, bottomlands, wet pinewoods, savannas and ditches mostly along the coastal plain from North Carolina to Florida to Louisiana.
I guess you learn new stuff whenever you go out and pay attention to what’s right in front of you! Might be a good backyard plant for the Atlanta area.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gainesville, Georgia, USA
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
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