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PlantFiles: China Aster
Callistephus chinensis

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callistephus (kal-LISS-steff-us) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Aster chinensis
Synonym:Aster sinensis

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Light Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jan 16, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

China asters don't have a long bloom season, but they bloom at the end of the summer just when most other flowers are fading, and they make nice cut flowers.

Neutral Terry On Jan 22, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Plants are somewhat disease-prone, so avoid planting in the same spot every year.

Neutral killerdaisy On Aug 8, 2001, killerdaisy from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Nice for cutting, but do NOT rebloom after cutting. Warm-season annual. Wilt diseases and aster yellows virus can be common. Seek resistant types and rotate planting location. Aphids, mealybugs, rust, and gray mold may also be problematic.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Carlotta, California
Grass Valley, California

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