Family : Asteraceae
We are happy to announce our next Flower of the Month is Aster. Aster is the perfect flower for September, not only because they bloom from late Summer into Fall, but also because it happens to be September’s birth flower! Keep reading to find out more about this flower.
Native to: Europe, Asia and North America
In The Wild: Wild asters can be found anywhere from mountaintops to along the ocean’s coast, as long as there are cool temperatures, full sun, and moist, well-draining soil.
In A Vase:
When caring for Asters in a vase, keep them in a cool and bright space but not in direct sunlight. Remember to change the water every other day and remove any leaves that fall off to keep everything clean and fresh. If you have it, you can add plant food to the water to extend the vase life further.
Growing in your Garden:
Asters prefer areas with cool, moist temperatures with full to partial sun. Living in Florida, they would not like the hot midday sun, so be sure to plant them where they can be shaded during that time. Remember to keep the soil moist and well-drained. When planting, space them 1 to 3 feet apart, depending on the type of aster and how large it’s expected to get.
Symbolism and Fun Facts:
Their name comes from the Greek word meaning “star”
Some asters reach 6 feet tall
Wild asters are edible and are often used in teas, salads, and as garnish. We recommend using flowers from places that provide edible flowers.
They are members of the sunflower family even though they resemble daisies
Often called “frost flowers” because they are commonly used by florists during the autumn and winter
They are used to celebrate 20th wedding anniversaries
The legend has it that Aster came into existence from the tears of a Greek goddess, Astraea. One day, when Astraea looked at the earth and could not find any stars, she began to cry. So wherever her tears fell, the Aster burst forth out of the soil.
Today Aster symbolizes the quality of love, patience, elegance, good luck and gained wisdom.