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CALLISTEPHUS chinensis( FAN® LIGHT BLUE, FAN® SERIES)
China Aster, Fan® Light Blue Aster
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Lovers of blue cutflowers take note! The Fan® Light Blue China aster has light lavender-blue flowers with yellow eyes in late summer and is native to China. This cultivar was developed by the German plant breeding company, Ernst Benary. Green foliage is accented by upright stems topped in flat, button-like flowers the size of a ping pong ball flowering in late summer to fall. The blossom center is a yellow disk surrounded by true light blue to lavender petals. This is a knee-high upright plant.
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; long daylengths are required for flower buds to form. This plant is susceptible to yellow wilt so avoid overwatering or poorly drained soils as once leaf yellowing occurs there is no treatment. An exceptional cutflower, 'Fan® Light Blue' can be used as a filler in the middle depths of a mixed border or annual bed or in containers.
9 - 1
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
20"-24" / 50.8cm - 61.0cm
10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm
Late Summer, Early Fall
Yellow, Light Blue, Lavender
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border
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