What is the plant
Aster alpinus, the alpine aster or blue alpine daisy, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the mountains of Europe. This herbaceous perennial has purple, pink or blue flowers in summer.
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. Genus name comes from the Latin word aster meaning star for the shape of the flowers. Specific epithet means alpine; from high mountains above the timber line.
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