Aster alpinus, commonly known as alpine aster, is a beautiful and hardy herbaceous perennial that is popular in UK gardens. This plant is a member of the aster family and is prized for its delicate, daisy-like flowers and attractive, lobed leaves. Alpine aster is a hardy plant that thrives in full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil. The flowers are a favourite of bees and other pollinators and can add a burst of colour to a rock garden, border or container. As a low-maintenance, clump-forming plant, Alpine aster is an excellent choice for adding interest and beauty to a garden. It is also a valuable addition to a cottage garden, where its delicate flowers and foliage can complement other old-fashioned favourites like roses and delphiniums. Aster alpinus is native to alpine regions of Europe, where it grows in rocky, well-draining soil. Overall, Aster alpinus is a charming and versatile addition to any UK garden. Its delicate flowers, attractive foliage, and easy care requirements make it an excellent choice for gardeners of all levels of experience.
- Common Name(s):Aster ‘Violet’
- Hardiness:Fully hardy
- How big will I get? Aster alpinus ‘Violet’ can grow to a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.5m.
- Did You Know That:The plant is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes many other popular garden plants such as daisies, sunflowers, and marigolds.
A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.
Aster alpinus ‘Violet’ prefers soil with good drainage and does not tolerate standing water. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.
Aster alpinus ‘Violet’ can handle either an exposed or a sheltered position and requires full sun to thrive, this consists of more than six hours of direct sunshine per day.
Aster alpinus ‘Violet’ should be cut back after it finishes flowering will promote growth the following year by redirecting energy from seed production and foliage maintenance to root growth.
Pest, Diseases and Wildlife
Aster alpinus ‘Violet’ can have problems with slugs and snails, it can be vulnerable to certain diseases such as verticillium wilt, powdery mildews and grey moulds.