Princess Mix China Aster


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. Late-blooming elegant cutflowers are unsurpassed in September. Annual.

4857 Princess Mix
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A: 0.25g for $2.95   
B: 2g for $4.75   
C: 8g for $8.50   

Additional Information

China Aster

~450 seeds/g.

Annual. Callistephus is from Greek kallos meaning ‘beautiful’ and stephos, ‘crown.’ The common name of aster comes from the Greek astron, meaning ‘star,’ a reference to their shape and bright colors. 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.


All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.

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

Germination Testing

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.

Our Seeds are Non-GMO


All of our seeds are non-GMO, and free of neonicotinoids and fungicides. Fedco is one of the original companies to sign the Safe Seed Pledge.