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Aster or Starwort

The Aster flower (Asteraceae) is sometimes called the Starwort by English gardeners. They are at their best in the autumn when they brighten up your borders or containers with colourful daisy-like flowers.

Folklore tells how burning the leaves of the aster flower would keep snakes away though I wouldn't advise that you try it.
The name Aster is Latin for star, the shape of this English Garden flower.

The French had a special tradition for the aster flower. This flower would be placed on the grave of a French soldier, as a tribute to his bravery and valor.

Aster flowers grow up to 2' tall and bloom from late summer through autumn to the first frosts.
There are many to choose from - Asters come in white, pink, blue or purple, with yellow centres and all sizes from rock plants to tall back of the border varieties.

There are asters to suit many garden situations wet areas near streams or ponds, flower borders, rock gardens, and dry sites. So take a visit to your local garden centre and have a browse through their collection of asters.

How to grow.

Asters are very easy to grow. They will grow in just about any climate.

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