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PlantFiles: China Aster
Callistephus chinensis 'Crego Mix'

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

Synonym:Aster chinensis
Synonym:Aster sinensis

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20 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Medium 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:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rebecca101 On Mar 14, 2008, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

These are big shaggy bloomed asters with flat petals. Colors are bright pastels - rose pink, lavender, white, and a paler pink. Plants are tall and full. I direct seeded them in mid-May and they bloomed mid-August to late September. Very profuse bloom - a great flower for fall color.

Positive rlehto On May 19, 2006, rlehto from Youngstown, OH wrote:

Planted 2005 by accident, a dime a package for seeds. Started and set aside in starter pots. Around June, saw that they were not dead, so put them wherever I had gaps. Also, in some old tree stumps I filled with dirt. They ended up being the sturdiest, hardiest, longest blooming flowers I have ever had (annuals), blooms through October in N.East Ohio. about 18" high, continue to bloom as long as you dead head. Very very sturdy stems. This year, am putting them everywhere, at a dime a seed pack again. Did not fertilize last year, but will this year. These and generic wilflower seed mix and poppies and marigolds (for deer repellant) all I am growing this year for flowers. Wife loves them, so do I.

Positive flowercrazy39 On Sep 8, 2005, flowercrazy39 from Manchester, NH wrote:

This plant is so gorgeous! Different kinds of blooms and different colors. They are a little top heavy but still outstanding.


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

Orlando, Florida
Derby, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Bellaire, Michigan
Manchester, New Hampshire
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Painesville, Ohio
Youngstown, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Austin, Texas
Fulton, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

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