Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Bloom Color: Pink Violet/Lavender Dark Purple/Black White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic) 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
On Mar 24, 2006, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:
I had one of these plants but it died for an unknown reason last year at flowering time..........It just dried up and died.
It had a nice large purple flower on it when I bought though.
My variety was called 'Goliath'.
On Jan 22, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:
Alpine asters are great for the rockery or the front of the border. The flowers are quite large compared to the small size of the plants. I started mine from seed and they bloomed the second year after sowing. They're very easy to care for and a well behaved garden plant.
On Feb 22, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
A spreading,clump-forming plant with medium-green leaves. The leaves are narrow,lance-shaped about 3-1/2 inches long. The blooms are purple,daisy-like flowers with a yellow center.Seed heads are white and fuzzy. Good for use in the front of a border.Does best in cooler climates.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Funny River, Alaska Juneau, Alaska Sterling, Alaska Wasilla, Alaska Crystal Lake, Connecticut Middlebury, Connecticut Hampton, Georgia Beverly, Massachusetts Grand Haven, Michigan Avon, Minnesota Gallatin Gateway, Montana Nelson, New Hampshire Grove City, Ohio Xenia, Ohio Barto, Pennsylvania East Norriton, Pennsylvania Lafayette, Tennessee