Colours and shapes
Lavender or white asters are the most common, but there are also a sweet pink, red, lilac, violet and dark purple varieties. The yellow heart shows off the petals even better: the contrast reinforces the colours. The sturdy stem supports the large textured heart, surrounded by long, narrow petals.
If you want a good retirement or your granny could do with a boost, buy a big bunch of asters, since they bring not only autumn joy but also a happy old age. And although we think the flowers work better in a vase, mythology suggests that you can drive away snakes and devils by burning the petals.
The aster originates from Europe, Asia and North America. Initially there were an incredibly large number of species, namely 600. At the end of the last century this number was reduced to 250. The various species are spread across a number of genuses. They are perennial herbaceous plants which are members of the daisy family.