Part of the Chinese aster series, the Matsumoto Aster is native to Eastern Asia and is a very admired and sought after flower. They are categorized under the genus Callistephus, which comes from the Greek word that means “beautiful crown”. This is most likely because of their crown-like appearance. The Matsumoto aster shows off its always yellow inner florets by encircling them with white, pink, purple or red florets to name a few.
The Matsumoto has a reputation of being one of the fastest growing annuals, with long lasting flower heads that grow either singly, doubly, or semi-doubly on tall and sturdy stems. This flowering plant has a large height range, anywhere from 10 inches to 4 feet depending on the time of year and growing conditions. If grown in a greenhouse, this flower is available year round, but if grown in a garden, blooms usually appear from spring to late summer/early fall.