Saturday, September 26, 2009

Abby's Asters

This is aster week. New world asters
(Asteraceae) have since the 1990's been re-classified on the basis
of morphologic and molecular studies to other genera including:
Almataster, Canadanthus, Doellingeria, Eucephalus, Eurubia,
lonactis, Oligoneuron, Oreostoma, Seriuocarpus, Symphyotrichum.
My opinion is that for the next several generations only the
taxonomists will utilize these genera and we will continue to call them asters.
Aster is Greek for star.
These perennial asters were a gift from my neighbor and garden master Abby
many years ago. They arise on very stout stalks and fill a half-circle in the field.
They grow over six feet in height and last for over a month.

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