ASTER ALPINE BLUE
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Aster alpinus (Alpine aster) is an ornamental plant native to the mountains of Europe (including the Alps), with a subspecies native to Canada and the United States.
It grows to be about 6–12 inches tall (15–30 cm). It may bloom in late spring or early summer or, occasionally, midsummer. In the UK this plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
It does better in generally cooler climates. Usually it is adapted to clay, silt, loam, silty clay, sandy clay, clay loam, silt loam, sandy loam, silty clay loam and sandy clay loam soils, and prefers low fertility. The plant can tolerate a minimum temperature of -28 °C / -18. It can survive medium heat of fire. It is herbaceous and attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds.
Type: Hardy Perennial
Height: 6–12 inches tall (15–30 cm)
Location: Sun or part sun
Hardiness zones: 2-8
Seeds per pack: 10
Note: Ornamental use only. May be poisonous.
Germination: Start these seeds right away to preserve viability, no matter the time of year. Sow the seeds just under the surface of a sterile seed-start mix, and water in. Leave them at room temperature for 4 weeks. If not growth appears a cold treatment may be required to break dormancy. Then cover them with plastic and place in a fridge for 4 weeks. Be sure they stay moist. After the cold stratification period they are then brought back to room temperature for them to germinate. Germination is in 14-45 days after the warming period.
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