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Aster Monte Casino

Common name - Heath Aster
Availability - Year-round.
Flower Color - White with yellow center.

It is native to the Central and Eastern part of the United States as well as Canada. It is commonly found as a small filler flower in arrangements on a year-round basis and is a common pick among florists. Colors for the Monte Casino Flower include star-shaped blossoms in purple, lavender, and white with a yellow center.

Through ancient societies, the aster flower has come to be known as a symbol of charm and patience as well as refinement and elegance. The flower offers a unique beauty that has also offered some medicinal properties. It is related to other flowers, such as mums, marigolds, and daisies

Growing Recommendations
To grow the Monte Casino Flower in a garden, it is best to purchase a pre-started plant from your local nursery. It can then be cultivated as an annual.
The Monte Casino Flower looks great as a garden border as well as in a floral arrangement. These, as with other asters, like to be placed in a sunny location. The flowers grow well in any hardiness zone. To keep them growing, be sure to maintain a moist soil.
Once established, the flowers can then be cut from the bush and put in a floral arrangement. Depending on its bud stage, it can last anywhere from seven to ten days. However, it is only meant for fresh arrangements as the Monte Casino Flower does not work as a dried flower.

Tidbits:

  • Latin for “star,” after its star-like flower shape, the aster was originally recognized for its healing properties.
  • While this is a good filler flower, foliage yellowing and/or blackening can be a problem.