Asters are the birth flower for September; they are known as having magical love and are symbolic of elegance. In September the colours of the landscape change into beautiful fall tones of reds, oranges and yellows. Asters are great birthday flowers to send someone who has a birthday in September, choose from an assortment of fall coloured vase or basket arrangements.
Asters are a popular perennial that come in many varieties (there are more than 600), they grow in a bush like shape with star shaped flowers that have lance like leaves. Aster comes from the Greek word for “star”. They have a texture that is very lush with deep rich colours and fit in with the beauty of wildflowers. They are a tough reliable perennial, and make great cut flowers that are long lasting. One of the loveliest aspects of having a garden full of flowers is the attraction for butterflies. Asters with their multiple amounts of flowers are known for attracting butterflies. Butterflies will be attracted to your garden if you have nectar plants for adult butterflies and host plants for their larvae. Asters are plants that provide nectar and pollen.
In past ancient history the aster was believed to drive away evil spirits by burning the leaves of asters which gave off a perfume. Asters are flowers that bloom in late summer and early fall. They have daisy like flowers that bloom in colours of pink, rosy – lilac, deep purple, bronze, yellow and rusts, they are often favourites with fall and autumn flower arrangements as their colour tones of oranges and bronze fit the perfect colour schemes of fall flower arrangements. Thanksgiving decorations usually include the fall colour tones of asters, as they bloom in September and October.
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