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CALLISTEPHUS chinensis (GALA SERIES)

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CALLISTEPHUS chinensis( GALA SERIES)

Plant Common Name

China Aster, Gala Aster

Special Notice

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General Description

Lovers of cutflowers take note! The Gala Series of China aster includes a collection of upright annuals, all native to China with double (extra petals), pincushion-like blossoms. This series was developed by the German plant breeding company, Ernst Benary. Green foliage is accented by a range of colorful blooms, flowering in late summer to fall, in either rose, yellow, shades of purple or various tints of red. The plump sea urchin-like flowers with mostly hidden yellowy centers are held on thigh-high upright 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; 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. Plants in the Gala Series are exceptional cutflowers with their sturdy stems. Use them as fillers in the middle depths of a mixed border or annual bed.

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

  • Height

    28"-32" / 71.1cm - 81.3cm

  • Width

    14"-18" / 35.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early 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

    Yellow, Red, Purple, Pink, Magenta, Rose, Crimson, Lavender, Blue Violet

  • 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes