Dwarf Alpine Aster
Details12" tall x 6-12" wide. Big, gorgeous lavender-pink daisies cover the tight rosettes of fuzzy leaves in late spring-early summer. A beloved species from the European Alps and Spanish Pyrenees, it's easy-to-grow and very showy. Low fertility, well-drained soil. Plant with Diascia.
|Common Name||Dwarf Alpine Aster|
|Botanical Name||Aster alpinus|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7|
|Mature Height||12" tall|
|Mature Spread||6-12" wide|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to early summer|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"|
|Advantages||Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Easy to grow, Native, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US, Hot Desert|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
These are late summer/fall blooming native wildflowers that are easy-to-grow and provide an ample late season nectar supply for butterflies and bees. As such, they are an indispensible perennial for late season color and for feeding migrating Monarchs. Asters are resistant to browsing rabbits.
Preferred growing conditions:
- They grow well in most any type of soil including clay.
- Mulch with common mulching materials as well as gravel when planted in a xeriscape.
- Most do well with regular irrigation to keep the soil moderately moist. Some species are more xeric.
- Plant in full sun or part sun. Some varieties will stretch in too much shade
- Just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix in the planting hole is enough. Don't plant into a rich, highly amended soil. Special comments:
- Species that spread to form wide growing clumps can be divided in mid-spring. Garden Care:
- Fertilize in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost.
- Deadheading is not necessary, but will reduce re-seeding of seed-grown varieties.
- Leave standing over the winter months and cut back hard to 1 to 2" above the ground.
- If foliage becomes affected with mildew at the end of the growing season, cut back to the ground and remove the leaves/stems to the compost pile or trash.
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- Accurate Instructions
- Attractive foliage
- Nice Evergreen Foliage
- Rock garden
Comments about High Country Gardens Aster alpinus:
I planted this in a large pot with avg potting soil and this small aster spread and bloomed the first year but not prolifically. I look forward to putting it in my rock garden this year in sandy soil, and I am sure it will have more blooms. Very showy flowers on this dwarf aster.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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