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By Lia Blanchard

By mid-October we are ALL in the swing of the autumn season. Florida and the desert southwest have begun to cool off, and even in Hawaii they’re watching football.

Fall flowers tend to be of the same color family as autumn leaves – jewel tones of warm ruby reds, pumpkinesque oranges, and golden yellows, along with a few cool purple or burgundy varieties.

If you’re looking to decorate your home, send a bouquet or gift basket, or are planning a fall garden or a special event with seasonal flair, it can be fun to do it with the knowledge of what those flowers “mean”. Here are few species of flowers that bloom in the fall, and their meaning in the language of flowers.

Alstromeria – Friendship and devotion. This flower looks like a lily and – despite originating in Spain – is often called the “Peruvian Lily” or “Lily of the Incas”.

Anemone – Anticipation. Legend says that when the anemone closes its petals, it’s a sign that rain is on the way.

Anthurium – Hospitality. Heart-shaped and shiny, the anthurium is striking with vibrant colors against deep green foliage.

Aster – Love and patience. Its name is derived from the Greek word for “star” and is September’s birth flower.

Chrysanthemum – Fidelity, optimism, and joy. The Greek words for “golden” and “flower” gave the November birth flower its name. The Japanese celebrate this flower in their annual Festival of Happiness.

Do you plant fall flowers? Which is your favorite, and why?

Aster, September's birth flower