September Birth Month Flowers: Aster and Morning Glory

In this guide, I’ll take you through everything you need to know about September’s Official Birth Month Flowers – the Aster and Morning Glory. Learn about their meaning and symbolism in the language of flowers and their cultural significance around the world today.

September Birth Month Flowers Aster and Morning Glory

September Birth Month Flowers: The Aster

White aster flowers in bloom

History and Origins of Aster Flowers

The official birth flower for September is the aster flower. It is a composite flower from the daisy (Asteraceae) family and is commonly found in the wilds of Southern Europe and North America. 

Aster is a genus of herbaceous perennial flowering plants that have late-season blooms. This type of plant has groups of flowers, also known as heads, that sit within a small basket of surrounding leaves. The colorful blooms vary from white and yellow to pastel pinks, blues, purples, while some varieties are vibrant and contain vivid hues.

Asters are known to many as starworts, frost flowers, China Asters, and Michaelmas daisies. 

Pollinators like bees and butterflies love these abundant flowers since they are late-season bloomers and provide necessary pollen and nectar for them later in the year. While other garden flowers have died off, asters continue to bloom well into the fall, making them necessary for pollinating insects. 

Etymology

The name aster originated from a Greek word that means “star,” referring to the star-shaped flowers of the plant. The relevance also concerns popular Greek mythology about the Greek Titan goddess of falling stars and nighttime divinations, Asteria. According to a legend, the aster flower came from Asteria’s tears as she began to cry when the stars in the dark sky were too few. 

Uses and Benefits

This September flower plays an essential role in traditional medicine. Ancient people smoked and burned these flowers to ward off any negative energy in an area. Moreover, native tribes use these flowers as a treatment against muscle pain, headaches, colds, and flue. 

Aster Flower Meaning and Symbolism

Aster flower, the birth flower for September, holds a variety of meanings and symbolism. Generally, it conveys faith, love, achievement, and wisdom. It also means bravery, patience, and good luck wishes. In some cultures, star-shaped flowers are expressions of grief for the death of a loved one. In the Victorian era, the flower represents charm and daintiness. 

Asters come in different hues, including purple, white, pink, and red. Purple aster flowers are the most recognized. As with other purple blooms, they signify royalty and wisdom since the color purple has long been a known emblem of the royal family in Europe. 

White asters, on the other hand, symbolize innocence and purity. They also represent new beginnings, which makes them the ideal flowers for celebrations like a graduation or a new job. Pink aster flowers are a representation of love and sensitivity, while red aster flowers are a symbol of undying devotion. 

Interestingly, this September flower is one of two official 20th wedding anniversary flowers. The other one is the day lily flower.  

September Birth Month Flowers: The Morning Glory

Pink and blue morning glory flowers growing in a garden

History and Origins of Morning Glory Flowers

Morning Glory is the other birth flower for September and the 11th wedding anniversary flower. Interestingly, this flower blooms in the morning and dies within the day hence the name “Morning Glory.” 

The Morning Glory has been grown as a decorative garden addition for centuries. Interestingly, there isn’t one specific species of flower that uses this name either.

With over 1,000 species included under the general umbrella of the Morning Glory name, it’s hard to sum them all up. 

In general, almost any member of the Convolvulaceae family can be called a Morning Glory. Nearly a dozen different genera fall into the larger family, including Ipomoea, Rivea, Calystegia, and Merremia. 

Despite the common name, many varieties of Morning Glories actually bloom at night instead.

Etymological Meaning

The common name of Morning Glory is linked to the blooming habits of most species that share this moniker. They tend to bloom early in the morning and close by the end of the day. 

Most flowers only last one day, while some varieties may reopen the next day. The scientific name of Convolvulaceae refers to the vining habit of the plants.

Morning Glory Flower Meaning and Symbolism

In the language of flowers, morning glory blooms represent unrequited love because of their short lifespan. They also symbolize affection, mortality, mourning, and resurrection. 

In Chinese tradition, these flowers signify a single day for lovers to meet. The folklore behind this is that when two young lovers fell in love and neglected their duties, the gods separated them on opposite sides of the Silver River and permitted them to meet for only a day a year. 

What are the Origins of September Birth Month Flowers?

The tradition of September birth flowers is thought to have originated in ancient Rome, where flowers were given as gifts to celebrate birthdays and other special events. Each month was associated with a particular flower, believed to hold specific characteristics or powers that would be imparted to people born in that month.

The specific flowers associated with each month have varied throughout history and between cultures. This practice continued into the Victorian era when the language of flowers became extremely popular and complex.

Like many traditions, the current list of September birth month flowers that we use today has been influenced by various historical and cultural factors. It’s similar to birthstones, where each month is associated with a specific gemstone.

For more, see our in-depth guide to the Official Birth Month Flowers.

The Official Birth Flower Calendar:

Month:Birth Flower:Meanings & Symbolism:
January:Carnations & SnowdropPink Carnations (love and appreciation), White Carnations (luck, love, and affection, Red Carnations (love and friendship). Snowdrop (hope and rebirth).
February:Violet, Iris, and PrimroseViolets (faithful love, truth, loyalty, humility), Iris (hope, faith, passion, purity, and innocence), Primrose (affection, young love, undying affection)
March:DaffodilsDaffodils (new beginnings, faithfulness, luck, prosperity, and hope)
April:Daisy & Sweet PeaDaisy (purity, love, new beginnings, fertility, and motherhood). Sweet Pea (blissful pleasure, gratitude).
May:Lily of the Valley & HawthornLily of the Valley (romance, luck, happiness, purity, humility). Hawthorn (hope, love, beauty, fertility, and supreme happiness).
June:Roses & HoneysuckleRoses (love, passion, romance, purity, gratitude). Honeysuckle (happiness and eternal love).
July:Larkspur & Water LilyLarkspur (happiness, love); Water Lily (enlightenment, resurrection, purity, beauty, creation).
August:Gladiolus & PoppyGladiolus (integrity, honor, respect); Poppy (remembrance, prosperity, enchantment, sympathy).
September:Aster & Morning GloryAster (faith, love, achievement, and wisdom); Morning Glory (affection, intimate love, patience).
October:Marigolds & CosmosMarigolds (devotion, commitment); Cosmos (harmony, love, innocence, beauty, modesty, joy, and balance). 
November:Chrysanthemum & PeoniesChrysanthemum (friendship, love); Peonies (romance, prosperity, good fortune, honor, and compassion)
December:Narcissus, Poinsettia, and HollyNarcissus (innocence and purity); Poinsettia (success, celebration); Holly (happiness and optimism).

Wrapping Up

The September birth flowers, Aster and Morning Glory, offer rich symbolism and beautiful ornamental value for birthday celebrants this month. With its associations of love, wisdom, and courage, the Aster presents a message of strength and devotion. The delicate Morning Glory symbolizes life’s fleeting moments and the enduring cycle of life.

Editorial Director | andrew@petalrepublic.com | Full Bio

Andrew is the Editorial Director at Petal Republic. He holds a BSc degree in Plant Sciences and has trained professionally at leading floristry schools in London and Paris. In amongst overseeing a global editorial team, Andrew's a passionate content creator around all things flowers, floral design, gardening, and houseplants.

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