September 01 2018

Aster

Approximately 180 species of bright, beautiful, flowering plants make up the Aster genus, which once included nearly 600 species before the North American species were split into a separate genus. Derived from the Greek word meaning “star,” this star-shaped flower is one of the most popular in gardens across the U.S., thanks to its combination of color and hardiness.

An aster plant can grow as tall as 8 feet, making it ideal for borders and privacy. Aster prefers full to partial sun, with moist but well-drained soil and a layer of mulch. Plant aster in early spring for a fall bloom with one-of-a-kind shades of violet, magenta and yellow.

Did You Know?
The many Aster species in North America fall under two main types: New York and New England. New York aster is typically a little taller and thicker than its New England counterpart.

Other Fun Facts About Aster

  • Aster symbolizes patience and love.
  • The aster is related to the sunflower; you might draw this conclusion alone by its yellow center.
  • Some aster flowers are used to treat migraines.
  • Aster is the birth flower for September, making it a true fall flower.