Also known as
Blue Alpine Daisy, Rock Aster, Blue alpine daisy, Marguerite
3 years to reach maturity
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Alpine Aster Overview
Aster alpinus is an herbacous, spreading, perennial, alpine species which is also known by the common names Alpine Aster, Blue Alpine Daisy and Rock Aster. It typically reaches 30cm tall, producing narrow, short-stalked, dark green foliage and daisy-like, violet-blue flowers that have a yellow centre. Aster alpinus likes a position in full sun and moderately fertile, well-draining soil. It is suitable for many garden situations including the front of borders and larger rock gardens. Several other stunningly coloured cultivars are also available. It has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit and is part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative that showcases plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
Common problems with Alpine Aster
How to propagate Alpine Aster
Sow seed in spring or autumn.
Divide clumps in spring.
Propagation is by softwood or basal cuttings in the spring.
Special features of Alpine Aster
Attracts useful insects
Can be grown in gravel gardens which are rarely - if ever - watered.
Other uses of Alpine Aster
Cutting bed, wildflower/meadow, border, rock garden, walls. Summer interest.