Callistephus chinensis (Aster, China 'Crego Mix')
Callistephus chinensis (Aster, China 'Crego Mix') is an annual flowering plant that is highly regarded for its vibrant and abundant blooms. The 'Crego Mix' cultivar of Callistephus chinensis refers to a specific selection or mix of varieties within the species, known for its impressive range of colors and flower forms.
Callistephus chinensis 'Crego Mix' typically grows to a height of about 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 centimeters) and forms a compact, bushy habit. The foliage is green, and the leaves are lance-shaped with serrated edges.
The main highlight of 'Crego Mix' is its diverse and eye-catching flowers. The blooms are daisy-like in shape, with a prominent central disc and petals radiating outward. The mix offers a wide range of colors, including vibrant shades of pink, purple, red, blue, and white. Each flower can display a different color or combination of colors, creating a captivating and dynamic floral display.
In addition to the varied colors, 'Crego Mix' features a range of flower forms within the mix. Some flowers may have single rows of petals, while others may be semi-double or fully double, with multiple layers of petals. This mix of flower forms adds an element of intrigue and texture to the overall appearance of the plant.
Callistephus chinensis 'Crego Mix' blooms profusely from summer to fall, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies to the garden. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Regular watering and deadheading of spent flowers can help prolong the blooming period and maintain the plant's tidy appearance.
Overall, Callistephus chinensis 'Crego Mix' is a captivating annual plant that offers a delightful assortment of colors and flower forms. Its vibrant and abundant blooms make it a popular choice for adding a splash of color and visual interest to gardens, borders, or containers.
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Scientific Name: Callistephus chinensis
Common Name: Aster, China; Crego Mix
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: China
Full Growth Height: 12-30 inch
Zone: 3 to 9
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Blooming Season: Late Summer, Early Fall
Flower: Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers
Attracts: Butterflies, Bees
Flower Color: Mixed Colors (Blue, Purple, Deep Violet)
Water Requirement: Moderate
Soil Type: Sand, Clay, Loam
Gardening Uses: Walkways, Fences, Flower Beds