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Alpine Aster

Aster alpinus

Also known as

Blue alpine daisy, Marguerite

Photo by CandideUK (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

Attractive flowers

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Drought resistant

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.

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