Crazy about chrysanthemum

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

We can name many reasons to be crazy about this typical fall flower. There is always a chrysanthemum to your taste as they are so versatile and come in every color you can think of. Maybe they’re special because they are deep rooted in the Asian history and carry much symbolism. Or it’s just because they are simply a stunning flower.

Role in the Asian history

Chrysanthemums are native to Asia and later on also to parts of Northeastern Europe. In China were the Chrysanthemum petals added to meals and the leaves brewed in drinks for their so believed special healing powers. Chrysanthemums also known as Mums were considered a prestigious variety in China and was only available for the upper class society to enjoy.

Over time chrysanthemums became highly celebrated in Japan as well. A prominent icon in Japanese culture today—the symbol for the emperor and imperial family—this flower can be found anywhere from passports to the throne of the emperor of Japan. So loved is this beautiful autumn bloom, it even has its own designated day in Japan—Chrysanthemum Day, also known as the “festival of happiness” (September 9). Many festivals take place to honor the bloom during the months of September (“chrysanthemum month” in Japan) and October as well.

As mums entered the western world, they were hybridized to include an array of colors, shapes and sizes—there are currently 40 different chrysanthemum varieties in existence.

Chrysanthemum symbolism

Chrysanthemums are more than just a pretty face. The Chinese believe this flower represents ease and rest, and often use it as an object of meditation; and the Japanese consider it to be a symbol for life and happiness.

Chrysanthemums are:

  • The November birth flower

  • The 13th wedding anniversary flower

  • The official flower of Chicago and Salinas, CA

  • A popular Mother’s Day gift in Australia (May is in autumn)

  • The official flower of November in the U.S

  • Used in teas to detox and treat the flu and headaches in some parts of Asia

  • Known to bring happiness and laughter in the home according to Feng Shui

  • The largest commercially grown plant in the U.S

Crazy about chrysanthemums too?

To share our love for the mums with you we have a special discount on chrysanthemum. Order before every Monday to receiving a surprising arrangement on Thursday.

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