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CALLISTEPHUS chinensis( GALA SERIES)
China Aster, Gala Aster
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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.
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
28"-32" / 71.1cm - 81.3cm
14"-18" / 35.6cm - 45.7cm
Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Yellow, Red, Purple, Pink, Magenta, Rose, Crimson, Lavender, Blue Violet
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border
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