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CALLISTEPHUS chinensis (ASTORIA SERIES)

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CALLISTEPHUS chinensis( ASTORIA SERIES)

Plant Common Name

China Aster

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The Astoria Series of China aster includes a collection of bushy but sturdy-stemmed annuals, all native to China. Green foliage is accented by a range of colorful blooms, flowering earlier in summer than others, in either pink, purple, blue red, or white. The large feathery flowers are held on knee-high mounding plants.

China aster can be planted in loam or sandy soil in well drained conditions and full sun. Do not bother to deadhead spent blossoms as it will not reflower. This plant is susceptible to yellow wilt so avoid overwatering or poorly drained soils as once leaf yellowing occurs there is no treatment. It is ideal for a cutflower or as an en masse, border or container planting.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    24"-28" / 61.0cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Purple, Pink, Rose, Crimson, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes