Kalimeris mongolica: Ghengis Khan aster

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Kalimeris mongolica belong to family Asteraceae; Synonym: Asteromea mongolica; Common Names: Oriental boltonia, Ghengis Khan aster; Native to: Mongolia

Bloom Description: panicles of purple tinged, white flower heads, with yellow centers; Plant Perks: Attracts Butterflies

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Kalimeris [False Aster]

Kalimeris [or the Kalimeris Asters] is a small genus with eight species from the sunflower family [Asteraceae].

It was first described in 1825 by the French botanist Alexandre Henri Gabriel de Cassini (1781-1832).

This genus occurs mainly in eastern Asia [China, Korea and Japan], but is also naturalised on Hawaii.

They can grow to a height of 1-1.5 m. The foliage is herbaceous. The blue-green leaves vary per species and are smooth textured. They can be long and narrow, round with large teeth or lobed. The flower heads are solitary or in leafy flat-topped inflorescences. The disc florets are yellow, the ray florets are white, pink or purple.

Photos: Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlantaGeorgiaUSA  [20130913]

Sources: thegardengeeksWikipedia

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