September Flower of the Month- Aster & Morning Glory

Flower of the Month for September

For the month of September, we are blessed with two birth flowers! In this case, we are learning about asters and morning glories! These beautiful jewel-toned flowers will definitely catch your eye and we can’t wait for you to gain some knowledge! 

 

Asters

Asters are beautiful purple flowers and are seen as a powerful symbol of love! Perhaps because of their positive symbolism, according to folklore, they were once burned to ward off serpents. Asters add a punch of color to the late summer and early fall landscape and require minimal care (we love that!). 

Fun Facts

  • Long ago, when asters were placed on French soldiers’ graves, their presence was a symbolic suggestion of a profoundly desperate desire for war to end
  • In folklore, burning aster leaves supposedly produced a perfume that had the power to repel evil spirits.
  • Asters are supposedly able to notice weather changes. The presence of closed petals is supposed to be a sign of imminent rain.
  • Asters are supposed to be capable of bringing good luck
  • Aster is the flower associated with the 20th wedding anniversary.
  • When you send someone asters, you’re sending them a secretly hidden message that says, “Take care of yourself for me.”
  • Ancient legends suggest that people believed that magical fairies slept under aster petals after they closed at sunset.

 

Morning Glories 

Morning glories are unique flowers with stunning colors! They are seen as a simple symbol of affection. Something interesting about morning glories is that you may only see their open blooms if you are an early riser. This is because the flowers generally curl closed later in the! Which explains the name! 

Fun Facts

  • Morning glory is a twisting vine that can reach 15 feet in height.
  • Morning glory produces heart-shaped, green leaves
  • Morning glory produces large, trumpet-shaped flowers. They can be white, orange, red, pink, purple, or blue-colored
  • Morning glory blooms from early summer until the first frost. Flowers are showy and fragrant and they attract butterflies and hummingbirds, which are responsible for the pollination of this plant.
  • The scientific name of morning glory is “Ipomoea”. It means “worm-like” (in Latin) and refers to the worm-shaped stem of this plant.
  • Morning glory can survive one year (annual) in areas with cold climates, or more years (perennial) in frost-free areas.
  • Morning glory is popular among gardeners because it belongs to the group of low-maintenance plants that produce beautiful flowers. Morning glory is usually cultivated near the fences, arches, and walls.