Aster Flower History
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,
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.