All About the Aster Flower

This lovely Aster flower was a delight to make!


The Aster is a genus of perennial flower in the family Asteraceae and encompasses about 180 different species. Most of these species are restricted to Europe and Asia, although the Aster genus once contained nearly 600 species in Europe, Asia, and North America. However, after morphologic and molecular research in the 1990’s, it was decided that the North American species of Asters belonged in another genera of the tribe Astereae. Regardless of this taxonomic change, these North American species ares still widely referred to as "asters" or as "Michaelmas daisies," because of their typical blooming period.

The Aster amellus is the type species of the genus and the family Asteraceae. They are valued in the garden for late summer and autumn color in shades of blue, pink, and white. There are several cultivars for ornamental garden use. This species is native to the European mountains from the Pyrenees and the Alps to the Carpathians. It can also be found in western Asia (Turkey), the Caucasus, Siberia, and Central Asia (Kazakhstan).


The name Aster comes from Ancient Greek meaning "star," referring to the shape of the flower head. Many species and a variety of hybrids are popular as garden plants because of their attractive and colorful flowers.

One fun fact about asters: The Hungarian revolution of October 31, 1918 became known as the "Aster Revolution" due to protestors in Budapest wearing this flower.


This flower was a fun one to cut. It’s daisy-like large petals were striking enough that I didn’t feel the need to have multiple flower heads in this particular cut. Instead, just the one flower stands out on its own. I juxtaposed the roundness of the Aster flower head with a triangular blue background. I particularly liked the blue aster pictures I found online that I used as a reference.

Hope you enjoy this one!

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