The flower of the day is China Aster. Its sentiments are “Love of Variety. Fidelity. I will think of you.” in the Language of Flowers.
Callistephus chinensis is native to China and Korea, although it is cultivated worldwide and has been naturalized in many regions.
The China Aster was featured on a Soviet postage stamp in 1970.
The plant is susceptible to the Tarnished Plant Bug, at least in North America. Ligus lineolaris feeds on over half of all commercially grown crops, but–luckily for the China Aster–is partial to cotton, alfalfa, beans, stone fruits, and conifer seedlings.