NEW ENGLAND ASTER Aster novae-angliae

In Revelation 22:16, just six verses before the end of the New Testament, the author notes Jesus referring to himself as “the bright morning star.” May this Lord’s Day provide you the opportunity to celebrate the generous gifts of beauty that the stars of the wildflower kingdom provide.

NEW ENGLAND ASTER aster novae-angliaeAs noted earlier articles, asters have nearly 500 genera in the United States. Some have very narrow ranges, being confined to a specific locale. For example there is a Georgia aster, a Nebraska aster, a Texas aster, a Pacific aster, a Yukon aster, and an Oahu aster only found on the main island of Hawaii. Speaking of confined habitats, there is one called the Apalachicola Aster. However, the New England aster is present in over 40 states and one-half of the Canadian provinces.

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