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CALLISTEPHUS chinensis (STARLIGHT SERIES)

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Syngenta

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CALLISTEPHUS chinensis( STARLIGHT SERIES)

Plant Common Name

China Aster, Starlight Aster

Special Notice

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General Description

Cute and crowned with blooms in early autumn, the Starlight of China aster includes a collection of low, globular mounding annuals, all native to China. This series was developed by the German plant breeding company, Ernst Benary. Green foliage is accented by a range of colorful blooms, flowering in very late summer to fall, in either magenta, salmon, violet or lavender tones. The large sea urchin-like flowers with golden centers 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. Plants in the Starlight Series are exceptional as tidy bedding plants, container specimens and fillers as well as edging; they make nice cutflowers even though the stems are very short.

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

    6"-9" / 15.2cm - 22.9cm

  • Width

    7"-10" / 17.8cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    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

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Purple, Pink, Magenta, Rose, Salmon, Lavender, Violet, Plum

  • 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

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes