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PlantFiles: China Aster
Callistephus chinensis 'Giant Princess Mix'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callistephus (kal-LISS-steff-us) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Giant Princess Mix

Synonym:Aster chinensis
Synonym:Aster sinensis

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Light Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BDale60 On Aug 12, 2006, BDale60 from Warren, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of the best cut flowers we have raised because of the vibrant colors, long stems, and long vase life. Here in Zone 5a we start indoors from seed in mid March and transplant around Memorial Day. Blooms begin in mid to late July and continue through the fall. The flowers have no discernible fragrance. Pink to violet is the dominant color mix.


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

Sioux City, Iowa
Greene, New York
Warren, Pennsylvania

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