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CALLISTEPHUS chinensis

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CALLISTEPHUS chinensis

Plant Common Name

China Aster

General Description

China aster is a bushy annual that is native to China. There are many varieties of flowers in this species which are classified as peony flowered, anemone flowered, ostrich feather and pompon. They bloom from summer to fall and come in a range of colors from purple, blue violet, crimson, rose-pink, white or yellow. Often their stems can be somewhat crooked or open, adding to its visual peculiarity.

Callistephus chinensis can be planted in loam or sandy soil in well-drained conditions and full sun. This plant is susceptible to wilt so avoid overwatering or poorly drained soils. It is ideal for cut flowers, bedding, border or container plantings.

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

    8"-36" / 20.3cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late 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

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Purple, Pink, Rose, Crimson, Blue Violet

  • 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

    Single, Double, Semi-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

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes