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English Names: Dwarf aster, Alpine aster.

Large, solitary, star-shaped flowers, bluish-purple with yellow centres, borne on small-leaved stems three to ten inches high. Larger pointed-oval leaves form handsome clusters on the ground. Excellent for rock garden or for edging the herbaceous border. A perfectly hardy perennial of easy culture in any ordinary soil. Will grow in sun or partial shade, but should be pro tected from very hot sun in summer.

Propagate by seed, or generally by divi sion. Var. specidsus. Taller and stronger than the type, with large rich purple flowers three to four inches across.

Var albus. Flowerspure white.

Var. superbus. Showyfree-flowering form with large bright blue flowers.

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