Callistephus chinensis (Aster, China 'Single Mix') is an annual flowering plant that is popular for its attractive and abundant blooms. The 'Single Mix' cultivar of Callistephus chinensis refers to a specific selection or mix of single-flowered varieties within the species.
Callistephus chinensis 'Single 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 feature of 'Single Mix' is its profusion of single flowers. The blooms are daisy-like with a central disc surrounded by petals. They come in a variety of vibrant colors, including shades of pink, purple, blue, white, and sometimes even red or yellow. The petals are often elongated and slightly curved, giving the flowers an elegant and delicate appearance.
One of the appealing characteristics of 'Single Mix' is the wide array of flower shapes, sizes, and colors within the mix. This cultivar provides a diverse and visually appealing display, with the flowers often exhibiting different patterns and color combinations. The mix offers a charming and naturalistic look to gardens, borders, or floral arrangements.
Callistephus chinensis 'Single Mix' blooms throughout the summer and into the fall, attracting butterflies and other pollinators to the garden. It thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Regular watering and deadheading of spent flowers can help promote continuous blooming and maintain a tidy appearance.
In summary, Callistephus chinensis 'Single Mix' is an attractive annual plant that showcases a mix of single-flowered varieties within the Aster species. With its diverse range of colors and flower shapes, it adds vibrancy and charm to garden landscapes, making it a popular choice for many gardeners.
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Scientific Name: Callistephus chinensis
Common Name: Aster, China; Single Mix
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: China
Full Growth Height: 12-36 inch
Zone: 1 to 10
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Blooming Season: Mid-Summer, Early Fall
Flower: Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers
Attracts: Butterflies, Honey Bees, Wild Bees
Flower Color: Purple, Pink, White
Water Requirement: Moderate
Soil Type: Sand, Clay, Loam
Gardening Uses: Beds, Borders, Pollinator Gardens