Star-shaped colourful flowers, the name of the aster flower comes from the Ancient Greek word aster which means ‘star.’ The aster flower has two varieties that are planted in gardens. There is the New England aster and the New York aster. Both plants are native in North America and come in pink, blue and purple.

New England asters have a variety of colours from magenta to deep purple. These are typically larger than New York asters. New York asters range from bright pink to bluish purple and come in double, semi-double or single. The aster flower signifies love and wisdom. It is also the emblem of the Roman goddess, Venus.

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