Seashore asters

Photo: Arne Ader
Translation: Liis
Sea aster
 
Sea aster
Randaster      
 
An inland Estonian may well ask: what, an aster in July, and isn't it a garden flower anyway?
 
The sea aster grows at the sea shore of the mainland coast as well as the islands. It prefers a soil impregnated with salt water, and with a high water level we can see the plant growing "feet in water“.
 
We are used to the luscious blooms of the garden asters; the diameter of the sea aster flowers is only a few centimetres.
There is a single row of pale purple-blue ray florets; the disc florets in the centre are yellow. The leaves are narrow and rather fleshy, similar to other seashore plants that grow in a “desert climate“ and have to be economical with water reserves.
 

Read about some other seashore plants:



 

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