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CALLISTEPHUS chinensis 'Starlight Blue'( STARLIGHT SERIES)
China Aster, Starlight Blue Aster
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Cute and crowned with blooms in early autumn, the Starlight Blue China aster is charming with its purple, feathery flowers. An annual native to China with a compact, globe-like form, this cultivar was developed by the German plant breeding company, Ernst Benary. Green foliage is topped in very late summer to fall in purple flowers with many thin petals. The large sea urchin-like flowers with golden eyes are held on ankle-high mounding 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. Perfect for containers, 'Starlight Blue' also is great as tidy bedding plants as well as edging; they make nice cutflowers even though the stems are very short.
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
6"-9" / 15.2cm - 22.9cm
7"-10" / 17.8cm - 25.4cm
Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border
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