Learn how to care for aster plants along with its history and classification details.
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Soil Type: varies
Sun Exposure: Full to partial sun
Annual or Perennial: Perennial
History: Historically, the Chinese used the aster as a medicinal herb as an effective treatment for a variety of ailments. It is brewed as a tea is used for coughs, lung issues such as asthma, digestion, as well hangovers and epilepsy. Asters include over 600 species, and are part of the same family as daisies. They are also composite flowers, with a central core of many tiny flowers surrounded by longer petals.
How to Care for Aster Plants
How do I plant asters?
Asters are great for desert landscaping, as they are drought resistant.
When is the best time to plant?
Asters can be planted at any time during the warmer months.
How do I propagate asters?
Asters can be reliably propagated by division
Can I grow asters in a pot?
Yes, you can grow asters in a pot.
How much should I water asters?
Asters should be watered every 4 to 5 days during growing season.
Do I need to fertilize asters?
You can fertilize asters frequently.
When does asters bloom?
Asters will bloom late summer and early fall.
Should I plant any companion plants?
Asters grow well with Bachelor’s Button.
What are the health benefits of the asters?
Asters can help with controlling hemorrhaging, malaria, dysentery, epilepsy, fevers, pulmonary disorders, and animal poisoning
What are some special features?
Asters attract butterflies.
Are asters safe for dogs?
Yes, asters are considered pet friendly, so they are safe for dogs and cats.
Aster Flower Meaning
Depending on the color, the symbolism of the aster changes. Purple asters symbolize wisdom and/or royalty, and is considered the most popular of the colors. White asters are a symbol of purity and innocence. Red asters are a symbol of undying devotion. Pink asters symbolize sensitivity and love.
I end not far from my going forth; By picking the faded blue; Of the last remaining aster flower; To carry again to you.
~ Robert Frost