The Stellar Callistephus chinensis 3-4in pink flowers on 2 ft annual plants, great cut flowers.
Stellar Callistephus chinensis
Cute and crowned with blooms in early autumn, the Stella Series 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 Stella 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.