The Aster flower comes from the family of Asteraceae containing at one time almost 600 species. The genus was divided into two separate species and now there are roughly about 180 of its species that can be found in Eurasia and North America. It’s name comes from the ancient Greek word astron which means “star.” They have a wildflower beauty and lush texture and have often times been considered an enchanted flower. During ancient times many believed that the perfume from the burning leaves would drive away the evil spirits and serpents. Today however they are though of much differently; they are a symbol of love and patience. Some may be more familiar with the names starworts, daisies, or Frost flowers. They come in a wide array of colors ranging from white, pink, purple, lavender, blue, red, and yellow. They are also known for being the 20th wedding anniversary flower.
Bird of Paradise
The Bird of Paradise, also known as the crane flower is native to South Africa and is closely related to the banana. The bird of paradise flower bears a unique look which slightly resembles a brightly colored bird in flight; thus the name. It can be seen throughout the state of Florida as an added decorative plant to many streets and households. This particular flower represents joyfulness and paradise itself. It is known as the crane flower because of the striking resemblance to a bird beak that looks almost identical to a crane. They are the flower used on the 9th wedding anniversary and are one of the most unique flower plants on the earth.
Blue flowers are another unique flower of nature with a mysterious air about them. There are several fairy tales associated with blue flowers which often mention then being enchanted, or having some sort of magical powers. This is the reason why they can invoke curiosity and wonder by so many different people. Outside of the fairy tale world however they really don’t possess any magical or enchanted powers. They are however symbolic and have a romantic aura to them. They are most often seen at weddings, anniversaries, and other joyous celebrations. The color blue also plays a role in religious rituals and ceremonies around the world. In the west the color blue of a new bride holds significance of faithfulness and loyalty. In darker blue hues it can signify trustworthiness, confidence, and intelligence. And yet other blue colors can invoke peace, serenity, and tranquility.
The bouvardia flower is a tropical plant which in most cases is found in Mexico and South America. The hybrids are what florist’s value most and it use to be counted as one of the most valuable species of flowers grown. Other species have overtaken that value since like the rose and the carnation. The bouvardia is names after Charles Bouvard, a personal physician to Louis XIII and the superintendent of the Royal Gardens in Paris. Some other modern names you might know the bouvardia as are the Pink Luck, Albatross, or the Royal Katty. They grow in clusters on thin stems looking very much like an already prepared flower bouquet. They also grow in several shades of colors from pink to white, to yellow, and even red. They are delicately scented and represent enthusiasm.