September Flower of the Month – Aster

What’s in a Name: Aster is both the genus and one of the common names of a most popular flower that ranges from daisy-like to star-like in form. The word Aster originates from the Latin for Star. Other names include Michaelma’s Daisy, Star Wort and Herb of Venus.

History: A popular tale is that Asters come from stardust formed by the tears of Virgo (or Astaea). Aster species (over 600 of them) are found throughout the world and have thus been popular for gardens and gifting for many centuries. They were also used as medicinal plants in many regions and laid upon soldiers graves in France.

Symbolism: true and powerful love, wisdom, faith, valor

Did You Know:
• burning of Asters was thought to ward off snakes in days past
• Asters are very attractive to butterflies
• They are very long lasting as cut flowers
• Asters are cousins to Artichokes
• Asters are an easy care choice for late summer and autumn gardens
• Chinese Asters are the most common type used in florist bouquets