One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aster, especially "Aster novae-belgii", a North American aster with numerous pinkish-lilac daisylike flowers that bloom around Michaelmas.
- ‘Flat topped flowerheads like achillea and open daisy-like flowers such as Michaelmas daisies are particularly attractive to insects and butterflies as they are very visible and accessible.’
- ‘A daisy is the day's eye, and an ox-eye is a type of chrysanthemum that looks like a daisy, although confusingly the Michaelmas daisy is an aster, because it resembles a star.’
- ‘Early October has brought a fresh crop of flowers to the garden this year and the beds are filled with autumnal plants such as Rudbeckias, Michaelmas daisies, late roses, clematis and cyclamen.’
- ‘The corporation parks department created displays of autumn flowers, including chrysanthemums, Michaelmas daisies, geraniums, salvias and primuli.’
- ‘Flowers of Michaelmas daisy (A. novi-belgii) come mostly in shades of blue; ‘Climax’ has true blue flowers.’
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