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September Blooms – The Aster

AstersAlso called Starworts, Frost Flowers or Michaelmas Daisies, the colorful Aster is the September birth flower.  Asters are actually made up of very small tubular flowers attacked to a central disk, much like Sunflowers are.   They are also close related to the Chrysanthemum and considered one of the classic flowers of fall.   The disk flower is usually a different color than the tubular flower, creating the illusion that all of these individual little flowers are actually one.

One of the few naturally occurring blue flowers, Asters also can be found in white, red pink, purple, and lavender, usually with yellow centers.  Asters usually bloom in the late summer and into fall.    The leaves of the Aster are dark green and generally long, thin and pointed very much like the tubal portion of the flower itself.  There are nearly 250 species of Aster.  The China Aster is the most common of these and the one primarily used by florists.

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