Oh, what a wonderful plant family. Often called the daisy family, and previously called the Compositeae family, it is a plant family that packs sunshine into every blossom. It is one of the largest plant families containing over 32,000 species arranged into 1,900 genera. They are annual, biennial or perennial herbaceous plants, plus a few shrubs, vines and trees. They are one of the Worldly plant families, found everywhere except Antarctica.
The correct name for these flowers is actually a capitula. The rays around the outside are bracts that can be in an array of colors. That is what most people think of as the flower, but if you look carefully into the very center you will find many individual flowers – often quite insignificant. When massed together they provide the focus of the rays.
Some significant members of the family include Sunflowers, Artichoke, Echinacea, Dahlia, Chrysanthemum and of course the Aster.
Name Derivation: The plant family that contains the Asters
In The Garden
- Osteospermum ecklonis ‘Spider Purple’
- Osteospermum ecklonis ‘Spider Pink’
- Osteospermum ‘Margarita Orange Flame’
- Dahlia ‘Camano Mystery’
- Dalia ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy’
- Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’
- Dahlia ‘Christmas Star’
- Dahlia ‘Phyllis Farmer’
- Dahlia ‘Brian Ray’