September Flower: Aster

5 Sep

September Birth Flower

Happy Birthday September Bloomies!

It’s almost FALL! This, not-so-secretly, is my favorite time of year. Football, cooler days, the changing leaves. But, it’s also September, which means it’s time to feature this month’s flower, the Aster.

Facts About Aster

Aster comes in white, pink, mauve and purple, often with multiple flower heads on a tall straight stalk that can grow to 6’!

Fragrance free, it grows naturally during the fall, which is how it earned the spot as the September flower. Of course now it’s easy to get them year round, thanks to their popularity and the ease of world wide shipping.

Aster comes from the Latin word for star, chiefly because of it’s multi-petaled daisy-like appearance. It can have a single row of petals, or multiples, depending on the hybrid.

Asters can mean love, faith, wisdom, and valor, or “I share your sentiments”, depending on which flower meaning book or website you look at. It’s a popular flower for mixed bouquets, gardens, and baby arrangements.

Varieties of Aster

New England Aster

There are several types of asters, most are common in the United States. The one most commonly known is the New England Aster (that’s the one I see most often at market), and if you’re here in the Northwest you might be familiar with the Great Northern Aster, which looks similar.

My favorite is the Matsumoto Aster ( AKA China aster) , a large disbud (single bloom) that comes in hot pink and deep purple, each with big yellow centers. They go great with mixed garden arrangements, or with other flowers in the same hue. They’re so bright!

China Aster

Whether it’s a birthday, wedding, or any other celebration, Aster’s bright colors and explosive charachter are the perfect choice for a September occasion.

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