Let’s take a closer look at each of them.
It’s estimated that there are more than 600 different species of these colorful wildflowers. Reminiscent of the daisy, asters can be found in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Despite its appearance, the aster’s large flower is not one single flower at all but is actually an assortment of many tiny tubular flowers. Ancient Greeks name the aster after the Greek word (astér), meaning star. They often used asters to create wreaths, which they would place on altars to pay tribute to the gods.
One popular myth attributes the origin of the aster flower to the Greek God Virgo who was saddened by the lack of stars in the sky. Upset, Virgo began to cry. As she cried, lovely aster flowers began to grow on each spot where her tears landed.
During the Victorian era, asters became very popular. Victorians were fascinated by floriography and would use the color, type, and arrangement of various flowers to send secret coded messages to one another. Asters conveyed feelings of love, devotion and daintiness. Asters are also associated with the qualities of faith, wisdom and valor.
One of the most often selected colors of asters is purple.
White Asters are associated with innocence and perfection. They can also signify a new beginning, making white asters an ideal choice to give to someone celebrating an engagement, graduation or starting a new job.
There was a time when it was believed that burning asters would provide protection against snakes. I’m sure this is just a myth but I do know that Asters are wonderful if you want to attract butterflies to you garden. Because the aster’s flowering season coincides with the peak of their migration, monarch butterflies often use them as stop offs during their annual migrations.
The seeds of some varieties of asters look much like the dandelion seeds we all blew on as children. Like miniature parachutes, which are carried and spread by the wind.
While often grown as annuals morning glories are actually a perennial flower. Solid colors, bi-colors, strikingly outlined and double morning glories are available along with some other very unique cultivars. This plant establishes itself in any sunny vertical position, so be careful when planting. It tends to outgrow everything.
The morning glory has a number of meanings. The Chinese folklore of this flower symbolizes that lovers may only meet on one special day out of the year. The story behind this is that two young people fell deeply in love neglecting all of their responsibilities. As more and more chores were ignored the heavens started to rumble with the gods dissatisfaction. So, as punishment, they decreed that the lovers could meet just one day out of the year.
Morning glory flowers can be found in blue, purple, red, white and yellow and variations of these colors. Some can be eight inches across; these may be familiar to you as the fragrant moon flowers that are found in many gardens. The meaning of the color white symbolizes purity in the morning glory while the color red symbolizes a strong heart.
I would offer the morning glory as a symbol to a person who needs some tenacity to go after their dreams. Morning glories take each twist and turn in the road (or on the trellis!) in their stride and just keep on going. This is the key to their success. You might also offer them for September birthdays either as a potted plant or maybe as a diary with an embossed design of a morning glory on it. Either of these gifts reminds those receiving the gift to have tenacity and tenderness in all things, be gentle but strong in your endeavors with other people, animals and nature. Above all it tells them to hold fast to their goals and dreams.
Not when there are so many varieties of beautiful asters and morning glories to keep the good vibrations going strong.