Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Aster ericoides (A-ster e-ri-KOI-deez)
white with yellow center, lavender, purple
Form and Size:
The stems of this type of aster are usually leafy and 24 – 36 inches in height, with many small daisy flowers at the top.
8 – 12 days
Remove any leaves at the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Compositae (aster) family, it originated in the eastern United States. It can be found in Maine, Georgia and even Texas. Aster is the Latin word for star. This is in reference to the star-like shape of the flower. Ericoides means heath. This refers to the similar growing habits of the flower to a heath. Monte casino aster is often used in bouquets as a filler flower.
Points of Interest:
Common relatives of Monte casino aster are the sunflower, daisy, gerbera daisy and chrysanthemum.