September brings changing colors of foliage, cooler weather and the start of Autumn. The aster—also called starwort, michaelmas daisy and frost flower—is also an important part of the month. Alongside morning glory, aster is the September birth flower. To help you celebrate September, here is everything you need to know about asters.
Asters get their name from their star shape. The Latin word for star is “aster,” and “wort” translates to root (Starwort), which was a term applied to plants believed to have healing properties. These perennial flowers are part of the daisy family and are considered the September birth flower. Additionally, there are over 600 varieties, which grow primarily in North America and Southern Europe, but some varieties are also found in South America.
September Birth Flower Varieties and Colors
Most asters are perennials, meaning that once they’re planted, these flowers will live for more than two years, returning each blooming season. However, some varieties are annuals and biennials (learn the difference here). Asters are also available in a wide variety of colors, including:
- White (Flat-topped aster)
- Purple (New England aster)
- Red (Matsumoto aster)
- Pink (Wood’s Pink aster)
- Lavender (Willow aster)
- Blue (Sky blue aster)
In almost all asters, the center is yellow, surrounded by several smaller tubular flowers. Asters typically bloom in late summer and early fall; hence being named the September birth flower. One species of the flower, alpine asters, blooms in May and June.
Aster Planting and Care
The September birth flower is considered one of the easiest perennials to care for. Many of the species are drought resistant and can be bought as seeds or more commonly, they can be purchased already potted. To care for your aster plant properly, follow these steps:
- Soil: Plant asters in loamy, well-draining soil
- Lighting: Asters should be placed in an area with moderate to full sunlight
- Watering: Water at the base of the plant to avoid splashing on the leaves or flowers. Keep soil moist and continue watering until the aster stops blooming.
- Fertilizing: Feed the plant fertilizer once per month
It’s important to remember when watering your asters to avoid getting water on the leaves and petals of the plant, as this can encourage growth of powdery mildew, which asters are particularly susceptible to. Luckily, you can treat the condition easily with several care methods.
September Birth Flower Symbolism
There are several stories and myths explaining the symbolism behind aster flowers. In ancient times, it was believed that the odor of burning asters drove away serpents. Additionally, in France, asters were laid on the graves of fallen soldiers to symbolize afterthought and the wish that fate had played out differently.
Overall, the aster is believed to symbolize love, wisdom and faith. Victorian beliefs honored the aster for representing daintiness, patience and charm, while in China, the flower is believed to represent fidelity. In fact, different colors of asters can even hold different symbolic meaning. For example:
- Purple asters (the most common variety) represent wisdom and royalty
- White asters represent purity and innocence
- Red asters symbolize undying devotion
- Pink asters represents sensitivity and love
Why Asters Make Great Gifts
Asters are a great gift not only for someone with a September birthday, but also as a thoughtful gift for any family member or friend. (Check out our variety of aster arrangements!) Because they bloom in late summer and early fall, their colorful varieties add a pop of color to any arrangement, especially as part of a fall decoration. They also pair well with a gourmet gift basket! The September birth flower will brighten the room and your loved one’s mood in any occasion.
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