Asters: Stars of the Fall Garden

By rsweets@tds.net (Robin Sweetser) Summer is winding down but the asters are just getting started, adding splashes of lavender, purple, and pink to the fall garden.

A native American plant, the aster got its name from the ancient Greek and Latin words for star, describing its radiant blossom. One of its common names is starwort. As early as 1680, Europeans were importing our native wild asters for use in their Old World gardens. In England today they are called Michaelmas daisies for their habit of blooming around the same… more

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