Aster alpinus (NL: Alpenaster / EN: Alpine aster / DE: Alpen-Aster, Alpen-Sternblume, Blaue Gamsblüh, Blaue Gamswurz, Blaues Bergsternkraut / FR: Aster des Alpes, Reine-marguerite des Alpes) is a perennial forb native to the mountains of Europe. It grows to be about 15-30 cm. The bloom color may be pink, violet/lavender, dark purple/black, or white/near white. The color of the specimen in the image is the most common. The plant can tolerate only a minimum temperature of -28°C after the occurrence of cell damage. It can survive medium heat of fire and requires at least 90 frost free days for proper growth. It is herbaceous and attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds.
Image: Tschierv (CH) – 13/07/2012
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