Real World Gardener 31st January 2018

February 11th, 2018


China Aster or Michaelmas Daisy.

Belongs in the Asteraceae family. Aster means Star in Latin.


China Aster is the September birth flower and the 20th wedding anniversary flower.

Common flower meanings are:

  • ·         Patience
  • ·         Love of Variety
  • ·         Elegance
  • ·         Daintiness
  • ·         Afterthought  (or the wish things happened differently).
  • ·         Purple asters symbolize wisdom and royalty, and are the most popular colour.
  • ·         White asters symbolize purity and innocence.
  • ·         Red asters symbolize undying devotion.
  • ·         Pink asters symbolize sensitivity and love.


 A Greek Legend

The ancient Greeks have got it all when it comes to romance and mysticism with their stories about various Gods.


It all started with the ancient Greeks burning aster leaves to ward off both snakes and evil spirits.

According to Greek mythology, when the god Jupiter decided to flood the earth to destroy the warring men, the goddess Astraea was so upset she asked to be turned into a star.

Her wish was granted, but when the flood waters receded she wept for the loss of lives.

As her tears turned to stardust and fell to earth, the beautiful aster flower sprung forth.

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