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Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Professor Kippenburg'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Symphyotrichum (sim-fy-oh-TRY-kum) (Info)
Species: novi-belgii (NO-vee BEL-jee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Professor Kippenburg
Additional cultivar information: (aka Professor Anton Kippenberg)

Synonym:Aster novi-belgii
Synonym:Aster prealtus
Synonym:Symphyotrichum prealtum
Synonym:Aster caerulescens
Synonym:Aster salicifolius

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sonnenblume On Sep 21, 2012, Sonnenblume from Aurora, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is my second year with this plant in a sunny Colorado rock garden. The first year it had a bit of mildew coming straight out of an indoor garden center area but this year it has absolutely no issues, just beautiful, lots of blossoms, great purple color, nice size and hardy. Easy, low maintenance, great performer and very healthy! Water needs are easily satisfied, thrives without a fuzz and we had a drought this summer, record highs. I am very happy and hubby likes it too. Great purple color!

Positive selmasoo On Sep 16, 2010, selmasoo from Ravenswood, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

Let me start out by saying I have far from a green thumb when it comes to flower gardening however, these aster flowers - (Professor Kippenburg), are stunningly beautiful! OMGosh - they literally glow from the street. I planted the 3 of them in mid-April and by mid-September they are extremely full and lush. The petals are a light blue with a 'tinge' of purple and yellow centers. Couldn't be happier with them!

Positive Mountaindave On Sep 22, 2009, Mountaindave from Port Orchard, WA wrote:

This is turning into quite a Fall delight. Gonna plant a bunch more

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Short to Medium - Plant 16 - 18" apart. 10 - 14" in height and blooms beginning in September. Very durable and long lived. Watch for powdery mildew beginning in mid summer, but good air circulation will go a long way towards preventing disease. Pinch back and divide like mums for best display. Bright blue.

Positive bigcityal On Dec 7, 2005, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Nice late season blast of purple!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Aurora, Colorado
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Davis Junction, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Buckfield, Maine
Crofton, Maryland
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Katy, Texas
East Port Orchard, Washington
Ravenswood, West Virginia
Menasha, Wisconsin

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