This sport of the old Stokesia standard, ‘Blue Danube’ is far superior in every way. It’s dense, tight, compact form is much nicer and much more garden ready that ‘Blue Danube’ making it easier to use in small spaces and easy to group in the garden. ‘Elf’s’ bloom power is far superior with more flowers packed onto a far tighter package than its older relative. Finally the bloom itself on ‘Elf’ is superior as its 2-2.5″ diameter flower is dome shaped rather that the more concave ‘Blue Danube’ flower giving it an even bigger look and an easier, more satisfying view of its great, rich lavender blue flowers. This long blooming flowering machine will have color from mid July into September and will be a star in the summer garden at a time when consistent color and great form can be hard to come by. ‘Elf’ loves full or partial sun areas in the garden and will be welcome add to any mixed perennial container with its superior form and blooming power.