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The Aster is a perennial flowering plant in the family Asteraceae.

The name Aster comes from the Ancient Greek word ἀστήρ (astḗr), meaning "star," referring to the shape of the flower head. Many species and hybrids are popular as garden plants because of their attractive and colorful flowers. 

Aster species are used as food plants by the larvae of many Lepidoptera species.  Asters can grow in all hardiness zones. The Aster blooms from September through November and, at times, into December.


Wikipedia contributors. (2020, January 6). Aster (genus). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:42, January 9, 2020, from

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