Flower Spotlight: Aster
Asters are beautiful star-shaped flowers, dating back over 4,000 years. The purple daisy that catches your eye as Fall nears may not be a daisy at all. It’s more likely a variety of the lovely member of the Asteraceae family known as the aster. These lovely flowers get their name from the ancient Greek word for star, and the name fits not only the flower’s shape, but its place as a reliable source of color in Fall gardens and bouquets.
Keep reading to learn more about their origin, meaning, and some interesting facts!
Asters are an exotic wildflower, found mostly in North America and Southern Europe, but they can be found all over the world due to their ability to grow in a wide range of climates. The purple daisy that catches your eye as Fall nears may not be a daisy at all. It’s more likely a variety of the lovely member of the Asteraceae family known as the aster. Named after the Greek word “aster” which means star, Asters were believed to have been made from the tears of the Greek goddess, Asterea, who looked up into the sky and was so sad she couldn’t see any stars. They have over 180 species, with the most common being Monte Casino, and are the birth flower for September.
- In ancient times, it was believed that the fragrance from the burning leaves of Asters would ward away evil spirits.
- Thomas Jefferson was a big fan of China Asters and cultivated several varieties on his estate, Monticello.
- Some aster species were used to treat migraines, colds, muscle spasms, and sciatica.
Asters have a variety of meanings, but they typically stand for wisdom, faith, and valor. Each color offers a different meaning, with purple symbolizing loyalty and wisdom, white symbolizing purity and innocence, and pink symbolizing love and sensitivity. Delicate and tasteful, asters make for a gorgeous addition to any bouquet!
Ask Barefoot Florist to include asters next time you send flowers! We can even include asters in our next Flower Design School class!