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Aster Flowers: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

There are many different types of flowers, and one of the most beautiful is the aster. In this lesson, learn about the characteristics of asters, including where they grow, and discover some cool facts about these flowers.

To the Garden

When you think of flowers growing, you probably think of spring rains helping beautiful gardens blossom in the months of April and May. However, there are some flowering plants that actually prefer the cooler weather of late summer and early fall. The aster is one such plant. It is a perennial, which means it will grow year after year without needing to be replanted. Because of its unusual season and ability to return on its own, this flowering plant is a favorite of many gardeners. Let's find out some more cool things about beautiful asters.

Bright pink asters growing near a fence
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Where and How Asters Grow

If you would like to see an aster, there are many places you can go. These plants grow throughout North America, Europe, and in parts of Asia. In fact, wild asters grow in many fields and meadows. Even though these flowers don't grow in typical flower-growing months, they do love the sun. They also can be tolerant of periods without rain, but like all plants they will eventually need watering.

Year after year, aster plants get bigger. So an aster that is about one foot wide one year might be two feet wide when it grows again next year. Because of this, it is necessary for gardeners to plant asters with a lot of space between them. This way when they grow they will not invade the space of neighboring plants. If an aster plant gets too big, it can be divided into two or more plants.

Physical Characteristics

Asters have long stems that can grow anywhere from eight inches to several feet in height. Because they get so tall, some gardeners like to plant them toward the back of gardens where they can be a beautiful backdrop for smaller flowers and plants.

The most beautiful part of the aster is, of course, the flower, which can come in many different colors, including red, purple, and white. Typically, flowers are collections of petals that are arranged in circular patterns. However, asters are pretty cool in that their flowers are actually composed of smaller, tube-like flowers. So when you think you're looking at a single bloom of an aster, you're actually looking at many smaller flowers.

The bloom of an aster is actually a collection of many small, tubular flowers.
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