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Aster tataricus

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Aster tataricus
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Aster
A. tataricus
Binomial name
Aster tataricus
L. f.[1]

Aster tataricus, also called Tartarian aster and Tatarinow's aster,[1][2] is a member of the Aster genus of flowering plants.





Known as gaemichwi (개미취) in Korean, the plant is considered a chwinamul (edible Aster) variety used in Korean cuisine.



It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs of traditional Chinese medicine, where it has the name zǐwǎn (Chinese: 紫菀). It has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, Bacillus dysenteriae, B. typhi, Pseudomonas and Vibrio proteus.[3][citation needed]

In culture


In Japan, Aster tataricus is known as shion, or 紫苑. The flower has a meaning in hanakotoba, the Japanese language of flowers, which corresponds to "I won't forget you."[4]


  1. ^ a b "Aster tataricus". Germplasm Resources Information Network. Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  2. ^ English Names for Korean Native Plants (PDF). Pocheon: Korea National Arboretum. 2015. p. 367. ISBN 978-89-97450-98-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2016 – via Korea Forest Service.
  3. ^ "Aster tataricus - Plants For A Future database report". Archived from the original on 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  4. ^ "Aster tataricus (Shion) - 紫苑 (シオン)". Retrieved 2011-09-18.