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Com­mon Name – China Aster Latin name – Cal­lis­te­phus Fam­ily (Tribe) – Aster­ae­cea Nick­name – Michael­mas Daisy, Star Warts & Frost Flower Ruf­fled flo­rets cut­flower with yel­low cen­tered eye

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Sum­mer to au­tumn time cut­flower

Gen­der – Fe­male (high heels)

Be­gin­nings- Seed

An­niver­sary – 20 Years

Birth Flower – Septem­ber

Na­tive to – China and Korea can also be found in North Amer­ica Flower Day – Any Day

Species – 600 or 180?

Flow­ers of the Zo­diac – No

‘Ms China Aster' – The An­cient Greeks, NAMED China Aster af­ter the Greek word Aster mean­ing Star. The Greeks of­ten used Ms China Aster to cre­ate Wreaths, which then they would place on the Al­ters to pay Trib­ute to the GODS! – they also made an Oint­ment from Ms China Aster to heal the ef­fects of a bite from MAD DOG Both the English & the Ger­man's be­lieved that Aster hold's Mag­i­cal Pow­ers. The French know Ms China Aster as the Eye of CHRIST. The French lay Ms China Aster on the graves of Sol­dier's to Sym­bol­ise – “I wish thing's had turned out dif­fer­ently in BAT­TLE”! Dur­ing the Vic­to­rian Era, Ms China Aster was used to con­vey the mes­sage – feel­ing of Love, De­vo­tion and Dain­ti­ness. Ms. China Aster “mes­sage” bring us – I keep your VI­BRA­TION'S STRONG! Healing de­scrip­tion – Ms China Aster is used to give you pro­tec­tion from snakes and evil spir­its - Burn­ing of the dry leaves.

Ms China Aster has the Power to Pour Luck your way and in­creases your tol­er­ance when it comes to Pa­tience - What a great cut­flower to dec­o­rate with at the Casino. Ms China Aster is as­so­ci­ated with the qual­i­ties of faith, wis­dom and valor.

Flower Care –

1. Keep cool! Never place in full sun.

2. Break bunches apart.

3. Strip leaves from the bot­tom half of each stem and wash stems thor­oughly.

4. Re­cut at least 3 cm off each stem and place in cold wa­ter.

5. Use a preser­va­tive as this will keep flow­ers look­ing fresh.

6. Re­place vase wa­ter with fresh preser­va­tive ev­ery day.

TIP – Do not cut Ms China Aster too early as the blooms will not open.

TIP – Re­mem­ber all cut flow­ers need semi light - as pho­to­syn­the­sis is a food source for its well­be­ing and longer vase life.

TIP - Air Con­di­tion­ing draws out mois­ture from cut­flow­ers. So be mind­ful to place your flow­ers away from di­rect air con­di­tion­ing to get ex­tra KM out of them.

TIP - Avoid ‘don't place near fruit bowls esp. with ripen­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles, tap wa­ter, cool­ing and heat­ing i.e. air con­di­tion­ing and cig­a­rette smoke.

It's a Great Cut­flower to have around you when your re­flect­ing – the af­ter thought.

What to look out for when pur­chas­ing?

• At least half the flow­ers should be fully open

• Round flow­ers with un­blem­ished petals.

• Fo­liage should be firm and green, with no sign of yel­low­ing.

Sign of Aging

• Yel­low and weak leaves

• Aging of the flo­rets from be­hind the face of Ms China Aster • Droopy head and weak neck

The Flo­ral Gos­sip

• As­so­ci­ated chakra Bal­anc­ing – Root, So­lar Plexus & heart

• Colours – Shades of Pink and Pur­ple, Blue, Red and White

• Sea­son – Sum­mer to Au­tumn

• Avail­abil­ity – Two sea­sons

• Cousins – Sun­flower, Zin­nia, Ger­bera, Dan­de­lion, Ar­ti­choke

• Flower food – Yes

• It's an an­nual, Peren­nial & Bi­en­nial

• Avoid ‘don't place near fruit bowls esp. with ripen­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles, tap wa­ter, cool­ing and heat­ing i.e. air con­di­tion­ing and cig­a­rette smoke

• Vase life – 10 days - Long Last­ing

• Ed­i­ble – No

• Dry­ing – No

• Keep Ms China Aster away from droughts & ex­cess heat.

• Ms. China Aster looks great mixed with other cut­flow­ers such as Sun­flow­ers, Ger­bera, Snap­dragon, Lil­ium & Iris.

• Fra­grance – Yes

• Ethy­lene Sen­si­tive- No

• Scold – No

• Skin ir­ri­ta­tion – No

• Named af­ter Saint- N/A

• Great uses in at the mo­ment Bou­quets , Front view ar­range­ment, Wreaths, Ra­dial ar­range­ment, Bou­quet & Sheaf

• Cer­tain va­ri­eties of the Ms China Aster are said to help with mi­graines, colds and headaches, while oth­ers are used to aid in treat­ing the pain of sci­at­ica and mus­cle spasms.

• Ms China Aster It be­lieved ac­cord­ing to past times, that burn­ing Aster leaves drove demons and snakes away

• In Vic­to­rian times it is said to im­prove the fla­vor of honey, boil China Aster in wine & place near a Bee Hive

• Each colour of Ms China Aster rep­re­sents a mes­sage, - e.g. China Aster in pur­ple rep­re­sents Wis­dom & de­vo­tion and it has been used to Denote Roy­alty.

• Ms China Aster has been linked to the Greek God Virgo, who was sad­dened by the lack of Stars in the Sky that she be­gan to cry. As her tears fell to the ground, Ms China Aster Sprouted.

• Sci­ence has proven that Cut­flow­ers have a vi­bra­tional force that helps bring Man back to con­scious­ness. Flo­ral vi­bra­tions are an in­vis­i­ble liq­uid that is ac­tion packed with healing prop­er­ties to help you main­tain your men­tal health.

• Be­ing in the pres­ence of cut­flow­ers of­fers healing and sup­port. Healing hap­pens be­cause flow­ers and plants have the power to change an in­di­vid­ual's EN­ERGY & through this the healing re­sponse be­gins.

• Re­mem­ber emo­tional change leads to healing for ex­am­ple look­ing at Beauty is healing – so the Pro­to­col is this THE FOR­MULA

You need to con­nect with the cut­flower so you can man­i­fest its GIFT he or she has for YOU!

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