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Aster flowers

Whether you're a gardener who likes to plant your aster flowers from seeds or flower roots, we have exactly what you need to grow beautiful and healthy asters.

Did you know?

Folklore tells how burning the leaves of the aster flower would keep snakes away. The name Aster is Latin for star, the shape of this English Garden flower.

A French tradition places aster flowers on the grave of a French soldier, as a tribute to his bravery.

Aster flowers were used to make medicines that cure upset stomachs.

 


Aster - Alma Potschke

Scientific Name: Aster novae-angliae
Zone: '3-8'
Sun: full sun

The Aster ‘Alma Potschke’, Aster novae-angliae, displays a beautiful bright neon rose pink daisy-like flower that are about quarter-sized. . more

 


Aster - Professor Kippenburg

Scientific Name: Aster novae-belgii
Zone: '3-8'
Sun: full sun

The Aster ‘Professor Kippenburg’, Aster novae-angliae, has beautiful vivid purple daisy-like flowers that cover the plant. The flowers are 1-2” wide... more

 


Aster - Purple Dome

Scientific Name: Aster novae-angliae
Zone: '4-8'
Sun: full sun

The Aster ‘Purple Dome’, Aster novae-angliae, has beautiful vivid purple daisy-like flowers that cover the plant. The flowers are 1-2” wide with a... more

 


Aster - Woods Blue

Scientific Name: Aster x dumosus
Zone: '4-8'
Sun: full sun

The Aster ‘Woods Blue’, Aster x dumosus, is a lavender blue daisy-like flower blooming from August through September. With its perfectly clean,  more

 


Aster - Woods Pink

Scientific Name: Aster x dumosus
Zone: '4-8'
Sun: full sun

The Aster ‘Woods Pink’, Aster x dumosus, has clear pink flowers with gold centers and daisy-like flowers blooming August through September. more

 


Aster - Woods Purple

Scientific Name: Aster x dumosus
Zone: '4-8'
Sun: full sun

The Aster ‘Woods Purple’, Aster x dumosus, is a purple daisy-like flower blooming August through September. With its perfectly clean, compact,  more


About aster flowers

The uniqueness of the aster flower family is that what first seems to be a single large flower is actually a combination of many smaller flowers.

Blooming in summer and fall depending on variety, the aster flower can grow anywhere from 2 to 4 feet in height. The aster flower comes in many varieties with colors ranging from yellow and purple to accents of leaves and petals of red and gold. Technically and generally the aster flower is a composite with ray and disc florets.

They have small, daisylike or starlike flower heads on leafy, often tall, stems. Their colors vary from white to pink, blue, and purple.  Each "disk flower" has five tiny petals united together, plus 5 stamens fused around a pistil with antennae-like stigmas. 

If you look closely at the big petals that crown the outside of the flower head, you will see that each petal is also a flower, called a "ray flower", with its petals combined together and hanging to one side. 

The aster family is most valuable for its well-known and numerous cultivated ornamentals flowers such as asters, daisies, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and zinnias. In North America, where most species are native, plants of the genus Aster are regarded as wildflowers, but in Europe they are cultivated as garden flowers and often called Michaelmas daisy. Most species of Aster are perennial and fall-blooming. 

When the seeds are ripe and fall away, you are left with a pitted disk that looks strikingly like a little garden plot where all the tiny flowers were planted.

The glorious large-flowered purple (rarely pink) aster that is the grandparent of many garden hybrids, New England aster is one of the top color makers for a late fall meadow. When other flowers are gone, the aster is at its peak. Seeds are difficult to collect in large quantities because they are produced so late in the season, therefore they are very costly.

Transplanting and dividing aster flowers

Early spring is really the best time to transplant and divide asters.  Be sure your asters are well watered the day before, try to take the entire root ball, and then water it in well afterwards. Be sure they receive adequate nutrients and moisture while they reestablish. 

Asters seem to do best if divided about every other year. If the plant is three years old, it is probably in need of division. You might want to consider doing that in early spring because it will rejuvenate the plant, help with size control and also give you more of them to add to the garden!

 Asters love fertile, rich soil with proper drainage. The soil should also be able to maintain it's moist feel for the entire summer. They can be grown in full sun or light shade.

 

Dwarf Milady Aster

The Aster Dwarf Milady, 'Callistephus chinensis', is a wonderful dwarf aster with big flowers. The Dwarf Milady adds a cornucopia of color to your garden. It is very heat resistant and virtually worry free. The 3 inch flowers appear in colors of white...Read More


Tall Matsumoto Aster

The Aster Tall Matsumoto, 'Callistephus chinensis', is a florist quality cut flower variety with tall, strong stems and an unusual bi-color flower with a yellow center. This Aster has a very long vase life. It will provide an "end-of-the-season pick-...Read More

 


 

 

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