Callistephus is a monotypic genus of flowering plants in the aster family, Asteraceae, containing the single species Callistephus chinensis. Its common names include China aster and annual aster. It is native to China and Korea.
China Aster – Callistephus chinensis is a member of the Asteraceae family. The plants’ genus name refers to two Greek words: “kalli”, which means beautiful and “stephos”, which means crown. The specific species (chinensis) means Chinese. It is a native of China as the name suggests. China asters are easy to grow, low maintenance, hardy, and a showy annual flower. China Aster it’s common name comes in a wide variety of colors ranging from palest white to deepest purple. You may also hear the plant referred to as Aster Sinensis or Annual Aster.