Callistephus chinensis, commonly known as China aster or
Chinese aster, is an annual plant native to China and Southern Russia.
It is widely used in horticulture and comes in a variety of cultivars
with colors ranging from white to pink, red, blue, violet, purple, and
yellow. This cool-weather annual grows easily in rich, moist,
well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. The plant produces large
blooms from late June through to late October and is known for its showy
flowers, making it a popular choice for gardens and floral
arrangements. The flowers attract bees, especially long-tongued bees,
and the plant is particularly resistant to drought. It typically grows
to a height of 2 to 3 feet and is suitable for container, hanging
basket, cottage garden, and cutting garden landscapes. The leaves are
ovate, toothed, and medium green, and the plant has one erect, mostly
unbranched stem. China aster is a versatile and attractive addition to
gardens, providing vibrant colors and attracting pollinators.