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DESCRIPTION: Carpet early blooming aster; profusion of deep pink flowers and attractive lance-like green leaves; prefers cool, moist soil; water the root zone instead of from the top to reduce fungal disease; water regularly to encourage more blooms
BOTANICAL NAME: Aster alpinus 'Pinkie'
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 30 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 60 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full Sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Deep pink with yellow center
FLOWERING TIME: Late spring to early summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Light green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Drought tolerant
OTHER FEATURES: Attracts Butterflies, Border, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Pinkie Alpine Aster has masses of beautiful pink daisy flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its narrow leaves remain light green in colour throughout the season.
Pinkie Alpine Aster is a dense herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:
Pinkie Alpine Aster is recommended for the following landscape applications:
Planting & Growing
Pinkie Alpine Aster will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 4 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Pinkie Alpine Aster is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception.
*We must be contacted within 7 days of delivery and plants must be taken care of, unplanted and watered until we can pick them up.
**Cedars & Perennials only come with an in-season warranty only. Warranty does not apply to frost damage, hail damage, wind damage or any other acts of mother nature. Plants must be properly planted, properly watered and cared for. Warranty only applies to items purchased at full price or to a maximum discount of 10% unless otherwise specified.