Botany lesson & more in this month’s WNY Gardening Matters

flower on Joe-Pye weed
Members of the Asteraceae family, such as this Joe-Pye weed, usually have composite flowers. Notice that the flower head is actually made up of individual flowers. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko


Get a quick botany lesson in this month’s issue of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County.

Here are a few things you will learn in the article about the Asteraceae family:

  • The plants in the Asteraceae family usually have composite flowers, anything from a few flowers to thousands of flowers grouped together to form a single flower head.
  • The flower head (inflorescence) has a starlike form. That’s how the Asteraceae family got its name. “Aster” means “star.”
  • Members of this family include Joe-Pye weed, dandelions, sunflowers, yarrow, sagebrush, thistle, chicory, lesser burdock, liatris and boneset.

See more here. 

The issue also includes This Month in the Garden, which has a Thanksgiving theme.

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