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Fun Aster Flower Facts

By Simon Crowther @prestigeflower

Asters are popular flowers during the cooler autumn months. They have a wonderful way of thriving during the chilly weather and they are usually available for several months throughout the year. These blooms are not likely to take the role of focal flowers in an arrangement, but they do make excellent mass and filler flowers. They have a stunning star-like shape which means that they have a similar appearance as daisies. Available in various colours, asters can be added to just about any bouquet.

One of the most interesting facts about this flower is the fact that they are often referred to as 'Monte Casino' or 'September'. Florists are familiar with these names which makes it easier when ordering a fresh bouquet. These flowers are part of the asteracae family and this is the second largest flower family.

Most asters are perennials which means that they grow and bloom year after year. They become dormant during the winter months but they bounce right back in their bloom season. There are also some annual and biennial varieties too. The annuals produce the most impressive flowers - albeit for a single season. These flowers turn to seed and you might be lucky enough to be able to grow more of these beauties.

Since these flowers bloom in the autumn season, they are associated with the month of September. It's also interesting to note that the aster flower is associated with the 20 year of marriage. Each year of marriage is also associated with a colour and the 20 year is represented by white or emerald green. This is why a white bouquet including white asters and emerald green foliage will make the perfect anniversary bouquet.

When using asters in a bouquet, you can remove the lower leaves but leave those situated higher up on the stem. This way, you will not need to add as much foliage to your flower arrangement. This means that your bouquet will not cost you as much.

Apart from the most common and popular varieties of aster, there are also some exceptions that are highly resistant to extreme conditions like drought or very cold weather. If you are planning on growing your own asters, it's important to make sure that you buy the correct variety and plant them in the suitable location.


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