As we slowly transition out of fall, it’s no surprise that November’s birth flower would be a vibrant, multi-hued floral that handsomely showcases the colors of Autumn: the Chrysanthemum. Available in a rainbow of explosive colors and various flowering blossoms, the chrysanthemum - also commonly referred to as ‘mums’ - is a great representation of Mother Nature’s beauty this time of year. Today, in honor of all the November birthdays, we’re sharing just a few tidbits and fun facts about this popular seasonal flower.
Originally a golden-hued flora, it’s no surprise that this popular flower’s name originated from the Greek prefix “chrys” meaning golden and “anthemion” which means flower. Aside from its colloquial name “mum” the Chrysanthemum has also been referred to as winter’s rose, befitting why they’re such a great gift for those born in November.
Chrysanthemums are available in a wide range of sizes and colors and while pink, white, yellow, and red are the most common, each signifies an intended meaning beyond the color of their petals:
A red chrysanthemum signifies “I love you”;
A white chrysanthemum signifies innocence and purity; a sense of pure love; honesty
A yellow chrysanthemum signifies an unrequited love;
A pink chrysanthemum signifies a romance;
One of the most cultivated flowers in the world, chrysanthemums are a member of the daisy family, making them close relatives to asters, zinnias, and coneflowers. They can also be found in a wide range of sizes and shapes; from the iconic pom-poms to the ones more spider-like with quill-like flowers. And while they’re only second to the rose in popularity, the chrysanthemum is the traditional flower to bestow to Mothers on Mother’s Day to represent joy and optimism.
The chrysanthemum has a long record - dating back to the 15th century BC in Asia where it originates and from where it acquired a history for the following:
According to Chinese and Japanese cultures, this golden bloom was a symbol for eternal youth;
Chinese cultures used the chrysanthemum as a preventative to gray hairs and was even depicted in the art during the Song Dynasty used to represent the coming of autumn or autumn itself.
In Japanese culture, the chrysanthemum is the national flower and can be found in art and literature representing royalty, devotion, beauty, kindness, even a sense of perfection.
Despite its appearance, the flower of the chrysanthemum is actually a collection of various tiny flowers within the plant, rather than the single, oversized bloom we often associate as the chrysanthemum itself.
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