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CALLISTEPHUS chinensis 'Gala Blue'( GALA SERIES)
China Aster, Gala Blue Aster
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Lovers of cutflowers take note! The mum-like blossoms of the Gala Blue China aster are full of purplish blue-violet, short, thin petals. An upright annual, it is native to China but developed by the German plant breeding company, Ernst Benary. Green foliage grows upon upright, sturdy stems that are topped in late summer to fall with double (extral petals) blue-violet flowers. The plump pincushion flowers usually never reveal their yellowy eyes.
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. The showy 'Gala Blue' is an exceptional cutflower. Use it as a filler in the middle depths of a mixed border or annual bed.
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
28"-32" / 71.1cm - 81.3cm
14"-18" / 35.6cm - 45.7cm
Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Purple, Blue Violet
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border
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