Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Aster novi-belgii (A-ster NO-vee BEL-gee-ee)
New York, Michaelmas Daisy
white, pink, lavender, red, blue
Form and Size:
The stems of this type of aster are usually leafy, branched and 2 – 3 feet in height, with yellow-centered daisy-like flowers at the top.
5 – 10 days
Remove any leaves at the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food. There are stiff hairs on the leaves that can irritate human skin. Some recommend constant pinching back of the leaves and petals in order to protect the form of the flower.
History and Usage:
A member of the Compositae (aster) family, it originated in the eastern United States. Aster is the Latin word for star. This is in reference to the star-like shape of the flower.
Points of Interest:
Common relatives of novi belgii aster are the sunflower, daisy, gerbera daisy and chrysanthemum.