ALPINE ASTER Aster alpinus
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 is a perennial for having purple, pink or blue flowers belonging to the genus Aster.
It grows to be about 6–12 inches tall (15–30 cm). The bloom color may be pink, violet-lavender, dark purple-black, or white-near white and 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
Hardiness zones: 2-9
Seeds per pack: 20
Note: These seeds and plants are poisonous.
Germination: Place seeds in the surface of a sterile seed-start mix, and lightly cover with vermiculite. Keep at 16-20C (60-70F). Keep moist until germination. Seeds germinate in about 4 weeks.