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Cineraria: planting, care, growing from seeds

Cineraria flowerCineraria (lat. Cineraria) is the genus in the family Asteraceae, or Compositae. Among the species of cineraria used in the ornamental horticulture there are both representatives of this genus, and the species that belong to the genus Senecio, tribes Senecioneae, the same family Asteraceae. Cineraria genus and Senecio genus are very close. There are about fifty representatives of the genus Cineraria that can be found in the wild, and according to different data there are from one to three thousand species of senecios. In this article we will tell you about the most popular species of both cinerarias and senecios used in the ornamental horticulture. So, the flowers of cineraria are...

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Maple leaves is on the water pond.
The leaves are twirling ... The birds are silent ...
At the cold sky
Aster looks, radiant aster-star

Aster flowersAster (лат. Aster) is a genus of annual and perennial herbaceous plants in the family Asteraceae, or family Compositae, including from 200 to 500 species according to various sources, most of which grow in North and Central America. In Europe, the aster flower was secretly brought from China by a French monk in the 17th century. The flower’s name comes from the Latin word “aster” meaning “star”. There is a Chinese legend about two monks that tried to reach the stars climbing the highest mountain of Altai for many days, but when they reached the summit, the stars above them were still far away and inaccessible. Then being disappointed, without food and water, after spending so many difficult days on the road, they returned to the foot of the mountain and saw a wonderful meadow with beautiful flowers. One of the monks said: “Look! We were looking for stars in the sky, but they live on the Earth!" The monks dug up a few flowers, brought them to their monastery, began to grow them and gave them the star name “asters”. Since ancient times in China asters have become a symbol of beauty, elegance, modesty and charm. Aster is a flower born under the sign of the Virgin, the symbol of the dream of the unknown, the gift of God to man, his guardian, his guiding star...