Princess Mix

Princess Mix China Aster

Callistephus chinensis (110 days) 2–3" flowers on long wiry stems. The pompon blooms with deeply crested centers are richly colored in shades of purple, salmon, magenta, rose and lavender. These elegant cutflowers tend to be late bloomers. Unsurpassed in September. Annual.


4857 Princess Mix
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China Aster

Callistephus is from Greek kallos meaning ‘beautiful’ and stephos, ‘crown.’ The China Aster began its journey west around 1730 when a Jesuit missionary noticed it growing in a field near Beijing. Wildly popular by 1883 when Burpee listed 19 different classes of them compared to two each of marigold and zinnia. Good bedding plants or cutflowers.

Culture: Sow indoors at 70–72° in late winter, transplant after danger of frost. Cut stems when 2–4 flowers have opened. Vase life is 5–7 days, longer if you use a floral preservative. Aster Yellows is a serious disease problem. Use floating row covers to keep out leafhoppers, the vector. ~450 seeds/g.

Flowers

All flowers are annuals except where noted. All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.

Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.