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Enchanting Aster Flowers:

Aster flowers are known for Love & symbol of patience. The Aster Tall Matsumoto, ‘Callistephus chinensis’, is a florist quality cut flower variety with tall, strong stems and an unusual bi-color flower with a yellow center. This Aster has a very long vase life. With their wildflower beauty and lush texture, asters have long been considered an enchanted flower.  In ancient times, it was thought that the perfume from their burning leaves could drive away evil serpents.

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Today, they’re known as a talisman of love and a symbol of patience.  Also known as starworts, Michaelmas daisies or Frost flowers, the name aster is derived from the Greek word for “star,” and its star-like flowers can be found in a rainbow of colors – white, red, pink, purple, lavender and blue, with mostly yellow centers.

The September birth flower, asters also hold the honor of being the Flower of 20th wedding anniversary.

A French tradition places aster flowers on the grave of a French soldier, as a tribute to his bravery. Aster flowers were used to make medicines that cure upset stomachs.

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Cluster of small blossoms; Chinese Ixora:

Chinese Ixora flower bunch also known as jungle geranium is actually a cluster of many small blossoms formed into a huge ball. Photographed in a thickly wooded hilltop isolated area at Yercaud, TN, India.

Botanical name: Ixora chinensis    Family: Rubiaceae (coffee family)

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There are about 400 species of Ixora of which the majority are endemic in India, China and Malaysia. Today a large number of cultivars of Ixora coccinea and Ixora chinensis are being cultivated throughout the tropics for their long lasting flowers and attractive shiny leaves. The forms of Ixora chinensis are usually growing only 2.5′ to 3′ high (0.75m to 0.90m ), with colors ranging from white to pink and orange.

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