Asters are the birth flowers for the month of September. There name comes from Latin and means star. This refers to their star-like shape. The carry a meaning of patience and dantiness. In ancient times it was believed that burning their leaves would drive away snakes and/or evil spirits. One myth says that they were created when Virgo scattered stardust on the earth. Another myth says that when the goddess Asterea looked upon the earth and say no stars she wept and the plant sprung up from her tears.