Aster Flower Type

There are over 600 species of asters, the most popular being the Monte Casino. Ancient societies believed that the odorof its leaves, when burnt, drove away serpents. While this might not be as applicable today, perhaps its connotation is still relevant: Giving asters means, "I am not sure whether you have been faithful to me". Be careful who you send asters to!

Meaning of the Aster Flower : charming, patience

Aster Flower

Celebrate September birthdays with asters, the "herb of Venus."   Named for the stars because of the shape of its blossoms, the aster symbolizes elegance and refinement.  It is also considered a love charm and was thought to have mystical powers that could ward of evil serpents.   It is said they came to be when the Greek goddess Asterea cried from the lack of stars on earth.  Where her tears fell, asters grew.  

Cuttings from these plants were laid on the graves of French soldiers to symbolize the longing for a revised ending to their battle.   This flower's unique beauty continues to perpetuate present-day folklore and have even been used medicinally.  These ancient wildflowers are closely related to mums, marigolds, daisies, and even artichokes.   They are considered native plants in many parts of the U.S., but the China aster is the most common variety used by florists.

Asters have previously gone by other names, such as "Michaelmas Daisy" and "starwort."    Commonly sporting purple or blue blossoms, these flowers are popular in garden borders and floral arrangements.  There are both annual and perennial varieties.   Often seen around a cornucopia announcing a plentiful harvest, these are fall-blooming plants of half a foot to three feet in height.  Like most stars, asters enjoy the spotlight, so grow them in a sunny location in just about any hardiness zone.  Soil should be kept moist, especially in warmer weather.