Alpine aster is an ornamental plant native to Canada and the United States. Grows to about 6-12 in. (15-30 cm) usually. Bloom color may be pink, violet/lavender, dark purple/black or white/near white. Blooms in late spring/early summer or occasionally, midsummer. It is herbaceous and attractive to bees, butterflies, and/or birds. They grow all over the woods and along my backyard in Morris County, New Jersey.