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CALLISTEPHUS chinensis (BENARY'S PRINCESS SERIES)

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CALLISTEPHUS chinensis( BENARY'S PRINCESS SERIES)

Plant Common Name

China Aster

Special Notice

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General Description

Combining the prettiness of the daisy and chrysanthemum flowers, late summer presents the wonderful cutflower asters, the Benary's Princess Series. This China aster collection of bushy but sturdy-stemmed annuals are all native to China but developed by the Ernst Benary plant breeders in Germany. Green foliage is accented by a range of colorful blooms the size of golf balls, in either pink, purple, lavender, pink, yellow or white. Flower centers are usually bright yellow. The large dome-shaped flowers are held on knee-high mounding plants.

China asters can be planted in loam or sandy soil in well drained conditions and full sun. Do not bother to deadhead spent blossoms as they will not reflower; the plants require long daylengths for flower buds to form. These plants are susceptible to yellow wilt so avoid overwatering or poorly drained soils as once leaf yellowing occurs there is no treatment. Members of Benary's Princess Series are ideal for cutflowers or en massed in borders or as container plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    22"-28" / 55.9cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    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

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Purple, Pink, Rose, 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

    Double

  • 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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes