Did You Know…


Every month has a specific flower assigned to it – it’s ‘birth month flower’. The flower for the month of September is the aster.

Asters have never been a flower I’ve swooned over, but lately, I’ve been won over by their autumnal charm. More and more I’m drawn to flowers when they’re blooming locally in season, and asters are a bright spot in gardens and arrangements in early fall that you just can’t miss. I’m not a gardener, but if I was, I imagine this flower would be on display in a prominent location. 

All about asters:

  • The name aster comes from the Greek word ‘star’, which is very fitting as and it certainly shines brightly as an autumn flower. 
  •  Asters are also known as Michaelmas daisy, starworts, and frost flowers.
  • While available all year long at the florist, this flower tends to bloom locally in late summer and early autumn. 
  • Asters are often mistaken as part of the daisy family as they do have a ‘daisy-like’ look, but they are in fact a member of the sunflower family. 
  • Asters come in an array of colours, but the most common are purple, lilac, pink, and white. 
  • Asters are one of the last flowers of the season for pollinators like bees.
  • In the language of flowers, the main meanings for asters are love, daintiness, and patience. 
  • Asters make great cut flowers. Their vase life is 7-14 days. They look great on their own, but they also pair well with chrysanthemums or roses. 
  • As well as being the birth month flower for September, asters are the flower associated with the 20th wedding anniversary. 

Source: floralprescription.ca