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CALLISTEPHUS chinensis 'Lilliput Blue Moon'

Image of Callistephus chinensis 'Lilliput Blue Moon'

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CALLISTEPHUS chinensis 'Lilliput Blue Moon'

Plant Common Name

China Aster

Special Notice

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General Description

Unique, purple and lavender flowers that look like large buttons are the showpiece of the Lilliput Blue Moon China aster. This is a bushy, upright annual native to China. Green foliage lines the upright stems tha are topped by a flattened dick floret that is purple and surrounding by tiny lavender petals, attracting butterflies.

China aster can be planted in loam or sandy soil in well drained conditions and full sun. Deadhead spent blossoms only early in summer as 'Lilliput Blue Moon' may not reflower since long daylengths are required for new flower bud formation. This plant is less susceptible to disease wilt but still avoid overwatering or poorly drained soils as once leaf yellowing occurs there is no treatment. It is ideal for a cutflower or as an en massed border or container planting.

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

    20"-24" / 50.8cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    15"-20" / 38.1cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • 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

    Purple, Lavender

  • 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

    Yes

  • 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, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes