There is a different birth flower for every month. September’s flower is the Aster. The daisy-like flowers start to bloom in summer, and their showy display continues into early fall. Here at Curran Brothers we absolutely love asters and would love to help our customers come up with floral designs that incorporate asters. Flowers are the perfect birthday gift for someone who has everything. They’re also a thoughtful gift for any occasion.
As we’ve seen in the past, flowers have a unique language and place in history. The symbolism, legends, and myths associated with the aster are as fun as they are interesting. We thought it might be fun to share some of the Aster-related folklore with all of you.
Interesting Historical Tidbits Related to Aster
- The Farmer’s Almanac suggests that asters were primarily known as symbols of powerful love. They are also symbolic of devotion, faith, and wisdom.
- Some people believe that asters represent elegance and refinement.
- Long ago, when asters were placed on French soldiers’ graves, their presence was a symbolic suggestion of a profoundly desperate desire for war to end.
- In folklore, burning aster leaves supposedly produced a perfume that had the power to repel evil spirits.
- Asters are supposedly able to notice weather changes. The presence of closed petals is supposed to be a sign of imminent rain.
- Asters are supposed to be capable of bringing good luck
- Aster is the flower associated with the 20th wedding anniversary.
- When you send someone asters, you’re sending them a secretly hidden message that says, “Take care of yourself for me.”
- Ancient legends suggest that people believed that magical fairies slept under aster petals after they closed at sunset.
Asters and their Importance in Ancient Greece
- The flower name aster comes from the Greek word astér, which means star.
- Greeks incorporated asters into the wreaths the made to lay on Temple altars as a tribute to Greek Gods and Goddesses.
- A story in Greek mythology suggests that the Goddess Virgo may be responsible for the aster’s existence. The story explains that she felt devastated at the lack of stars in the sky. She became so overwhelmed with grief that she began to cry. As she cried, her tears touched different places on earth, and on every spot where a tear fell, asters sprouted from the ground.
Asters come in an array of colors, including various shades of pink and purple. They are very popular as cut flowers, and they’re often used in mixed flower arrangements like our Wildflower Garden Vase. The recipient will love the loose garden style featuring flowers like larkspur, hydrangea, asters, gerbera daisies and more.