Continuing this altar flower tutorial, I'm now adding in Matsumoto Asters. Commonly known as China Asters, these cool flowers are available year round in the colors of deep purple, red, different shades of pink, yellow and white.
Many people mistakenly believe that this flower is wilting when they get it, because of the bent neck. This is normal, however, and simply a characteristic of the flower.
If I want to be sure that the head of the flower faces the correct way, I wire the flower stem with the hook method to stabilize the flower head.
This aster has long slender stems with it's leaves clustered only around the head. It's great for adding some height and color to the overall design.