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FutureStarrAAster Scientific Name
The name Aster comes from the Ancient Greek word á¼€στÎ®ρ (astá¸—r), meaning "star", referring to the shape of the flower head. Many species and a variety of hybrids and varieties are popular as garden plants because of their attractive and colourful flowers. 'Aster' species are used as food plants by the larvae of a number of Lepidoptera species—see list of Lepidoptera that feed on Aster. Asters can grow in all hardiness zones. Aster is a small, slightly pudgy, dainty plant with large, irregular, blue flowers and dark veining. It is warm-season plant, growing in mostly temperate areas. It is the official state wildflower of Alabama. The flowers gives birth to light pink-colored seeds that birds love.
The New World species have now been reclassified in the genera Almutaster, Canadanthus, Doellingeria, Eucephalus, Eurybia, Ionactis, Oligoneuron, Oreostemma, Sericocarpus and Symphyotrichum, though all are treated within the same tribe, Astereae. The "China aster" is in the related genus Callistephus. Regardless of the taxonomic change, most are still widely referred to as "asters", or "Michaelmas daisies", because of their typical blooming period.The species formerly known as Aster tripolium (sea aster) is now Tripolium pannonicum. The species formerly known as Aster linosyris (goldilocks) is now Galatella linosyris. Many species and a variety of hybrids and varieties are popular as garden plants because of their beautiful, attractive and colourful flowers. Aster species are used as food plants by the larvae of a number of Lepidoptera species—see list of Lepidoptera that feed on Aster. Asters can grow in all hardiness zones.
The first is the New England Aster, which used to have the scientific name of Aster novae angligae. Now, this flower is called the Symphyotrichum novae angliae. With purple ray flowers and a yellow disc, the New England Aster is easily mistaken for a member of the genus Aster. The main difference is that there are far more ray flowers in the New England Aster than in native asters.A historic tradition of the Dutch is to collect large bouquets of asters and display them in colorful windowsill decorations. French soldiers used them to decorate another environment: the graves of fallen soldiers. The aster was also commonly featured at the feast of St. Michaelmas, as they were one of the only flowers still in bloom when the festival arrived. (Source: www.namesofflowers.net)