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These are very beautiful flowers that I found while camping in the mountains at Lake Cascade, Idaho. They are all over the hillside and really makes a beautiful.
The Alpine Aster is a beautiful flower out in the wild or in your garden. It is good for rocky places or for the front of your flower bed. In the wild it can be found in the open slopes in subalpine to alpine habitats.
Erect to decumbent flower stalks from rosette of many leaves. Narrow leaves 1�10 in. long in rosette, hairless; stem leaves are shorter, if present. Single flower head with many lavender to deep purple rays. Grows in meadows, moist gravelly slopes, in subalpine and alpine of Blue, Wallowa, and Steens mountains.
There are 10-40 lavender to violet and occasionally white ray flowers measuring from 7-15 mm long on each flower head. The central disk flowers are yellow.
The haydenii variety can be found almost all over the Pacific Northwest. Also the plants of this variety are smaller with stems occasionally up to 15 cm tall and smaller leaves up to 10cm long and 3mm wide.
The other two varieties are the alpigenus and andersonii. Both of these are bigger than the haydennii reaching heights of 20-30cm and up to 40 cm.
July 22nd, 2013
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