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perennial aster for hardiness zones 3-4?

 
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Location: NW Montana, Hardiness Zone 4b
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Does anyone have a favorite perennial aster for the cold country?

Same question for alyssum?
 
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Siberian asters grow wild up here, and I have some in my yard:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurybia_sibirica

Just bought another purple aster last summer with more refined blossoms; I'll know how much I like it once it survives a winter.
 
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Victor, thanks or the replay. Did you transplant your E. sibirica or was it growing there on its own?
 
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I'm supposed to be in a zone 4a, but I think it may be a higher microclimate due to dependable snow cover. That being said, many wild asters flourish here:

New England aster (A. novae-angliae) in white, pink and violet
Whorled wood aster (A. acuminatus)
Flat-topped white aster (A. umbellatus)
Calico aster (A. lateriflorus)

There may be more but I've stopped identifying them due to their abundance.
 
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Rick Freeman wrote:Victor, thanks or the replay. Did you transplant your E. sibirica or was it growing there on its own?



I believe it was here when we bought the place about 25 years ago; although I did transplant lots of natives back then, I can't remember introducing that one. It has spread some since. I've never meddled with it in any way.
 
Rick Freeman
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Kota and Victor, thanks! Anyone know of a good source for the native aster seeds?
 
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asters are extremely hardy, they grow wild here in our zone 4..if I remember I'll send you some seeds in the fall when they go to seeds, send me a PM with your mailing address and remind me asters...we have wild white ones and I have lavender ones that are domestic
 
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Thanks Brenda!
 
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