The birth flowers for September are the pretty Aster and the beautiful Morning Glory, flowering during the month of September in the Northern Hemisphere.
September Birth Flower: Aster
The first birthday flower of September is the Aster. Asters are a group of about 180 types of flowers occurring primarily in Eurasia, many of which are food plants for moth larvae.
Belonging to the daisy family, Asters are often called "Michaelmas daisies", as they bloom over the Michaelmas festival on the 29th September.
Asters have a star shaped flower head and the name originates from both the Latin and Greek word aster meaning "star".
There are many types and colors of Asters but most have blue or lilac flowers.
The language of flowers introduced in Victorian times says that the meaning of Asters is love, faith and wisdom.
Aster is the flower to celebrate a 20th wedding anniversary.
September Birth Flower: Morning Glory
There are nearly 1000 types of the second flower for September, the Morning Glory, as well as many cultivated varieties.
Morning Glory plants are fast growing creepers and have beautiful flowers in lovely deep blue, purple or pink colors. The large flowers open early in the morning hence their common name.
The genus name Ipomoea is derived from Greek words meaning "resembling" and "wood worm" referring to the long, winding stems.
Some varieties are edible and used in many Asian dishes as well as for medicinal purposes.
Some of the symbolic meanings of the Morning Glory are affection, humility and spontaneity.
Birth flower reference: Floriography Today by S. Theresa Dietz (2000)
Books about the Language of Flowers
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