China Aster

Callistephus chinensis

[callistephus_chinensis]

China Aster, a tender annual from Asia, was grown by Williamsburg's John Custis in 1737. By 1804, Bernard McMahon of Philadelphia was selling eleven cultivars in a variety of fancy forms. Those grown here, at Monticello, represent the species, or wild, form; they have simple, single, blue flowers on two to three foot plants.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Blue, Pink, Reds, Yellow, White Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it:

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Blooming Dates 2001: Sep 21 – Nov 82002: Jul 23 – Nov 82003: Jul 4 – Oct 92004: Jul 19 – Oct 262005: Jun 10 – Oct 252006: Jun 1 – Oct 112007: Aug 16 – Oct 122008: Aug 1 – Oct 312009: Aug 15 – Oct 62011: Aug 8 – Oct 132014: Aug 6 – Oct 17