Syn.: Diplactis alpina (L.) Semple
Family: Asteraceae Bercht. et J. Presl

Aster alpinus

Distribution: Circumpolar distribution, mountain areas of Europe, Asia and Northern America.

Ecology: It grows on rocks and stony slopes, from foothills to subalpine altitudinal zone. Flowers from July to August.

Description: A perennial herb with an erect and unbranched stem, 10–20 cm high. The leaves are entire, spathulate to lanceolate, sessile, hairy, capitulla up to 4 cm in diameter, disc flowers yellow, tubular, ray ones strap-shaped, violet-blue. The fruit is an achene.

Threat and Protection: The Alpine Aster is a protected plant in some countries (A, CH, CZ, D, I).

Note: The Alpine Aster is a very popular plant, often grown in rock gardens or used for edging in the perennial border.

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These images were taken in Czechia, Hrubý Jeseník, Velká kotlina and Austria, the Raxalpe (July 17 and August 18, 2004).