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CALLISTEPHUS chinensis 'Standy Light Blue'

Image of Callistephus chinensis 'Standy Light Blue' (STANDY SERIES)

Ernst Benary® Inc.

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CALLISTEPHUS chinensis 'Standy Light Blue'( STANDY SERIES)

Plant Common Name

China Aster, Standy Light Blue Aster

Special Notice

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General Description

Lovers of pastel cutflowers take note! The disease-resistant Standy Light Blue China aster is an upright annual with late summer-occurring flowers of medium lavender. A native to China with double (extra petal) blossoms, this cultivar was developed by the German plant breeding company, Ernst Benary. Green foliage grow upon upright, sturdy stems that are topped with blooms midsummer to fall. The flattened, mum-like flowers are lavender and have yellowy cores (tubular ray florets).

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 less susceptible to the many disease wilts but still avoid overwatering or poorly drained soils as once leaf yellowing occurs there is no treatment. An outstanding cutflower, 'Standy Light Blue' with its many leafy and sturdy stems. Use this disease-resitant selection freely 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, Partial Sun

  • Height

    25"-30" / 63.5cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    14"-18" / 35.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, 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, 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

    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