… THAT THE ASTER IS THE FLOWER OF SEPTEMBER?
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.