Flower of the Month – September

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Flower of the Month for September: the Aster

    1. The Aster – Flower Facts – Asters are a genus of flowers from the Asteraceae family. It includes about 180 species of flowering plants. All asters produce clusters of tiny daisy-like flowers. While wild asters are typically run the purple and blue range, cultivated varieties may be pink, blue, purple, lavender and white. As cut flowers, asters have a long vase life and may last up to two weeks.
    2. Symbolism of the Aster Flower – The aster has enjoyed a rich cultural history filled with legends of magical gods and goddesses.
  1. Ancient Greeks – The ancient Greeks burned aster leaves to ward off both snakes and evil spirits.  
        1. 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.
        2. Another Greek legend claims that when King Aegeus’ son Theseus volunteered to slay the Minotaur, he told his father he would fly a white flag on his return to Athens to announce his victory. But, Theseus forgot to change the flags and sailed into port with black flags flying. Believing his son to be killed by the Minotaur, King Aegeus promptly committed suicide. It is believed that asters sprung forth where his blood stained the earth.
        3. Asters were believed to be sacred to the gods and were used in wreaths placed on altars.