November birth flower

2016-11-02 06:00
 Chrysanthemums, or ‘mums’, as they are more commonly known.

Chrysanthemums, or ‘mums’, as they are more commonly known.

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Chrysanthemums, or “mums” as they are more commonly known, are one of the most widely cultivated flowers in the world, and the birthday flower for those born in November.

The name comes from the Greek words “chrysos,” meaning gold, and “anthemon,” which means flower. They are a member of the daisy family, which also includes asters, zinnias and coneflowers.

What makes these plants so interesting is the diversity of flower variations. From puffy poms to the spindly spider and quill flowers, there is a chrysanthemum for every taste.
Plants feature dark green leaves and relatively large flowers, with the most common colours being yellow, pink, red or white.
Contrary to their appearance, the chrysanthemum’s pom blooms are not just one single large flower, but rather a grouping of many tiny flowers.

As early as the 15th century BC, the chrysanthemum was cultivated as a flowering herb in China. It is also one of the four plants known in Chinese culture as “The Four Gentlemen”, which were depicted in much of the art beginning during the Song Dynasty, 960 to 1279. The chrysanthemum flower was used to represent autumn in this style of paintings.

One of the most popular flowers it is the traditional flower to give on Mother’s Day - symbolising qualities of optimism and joy. Red flowers express true love, yellow refers to a wounded heart, and white the virtue of honesty. Chrysanthemums are the flower of choice to give on a 13th wedding anniversary.

Chrysanthemum tea is popular in parts of Asia. In China the leaves are eaten steamed and boiled. In Korea chrysanthemum flowers are use to add flavour to wine known as gukhwaju. - Proflowers blog.

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