Aster alpinus, commonly called alpine aster, is native to the mountains of Europe, including the Alps and Pyrenees. It typically grows in a slowly-spreading clump to 8-12″ tall. Daisy-like asters (to 1″ diameter) featuring blue-violet rays and yellow centers bloom in May-June. Flowers are usually solitary, appearing at the ends of slender stems. Untoothed, lanceolate-spatulate, dark green leaves (to 2” long) are mostly basal. Flowers are attractive to butterflies. Aster alpinus var. vierhapperi, commonly called Vierhapper’s aster, is native to the Altai Mountains in central Asia (primary range) plus Alaska and northwestern Canada, with several small disjunct populations in Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming.
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