Flower of the Month: Chrysanthemum
Everyone knows that they have a specific birthstone to signify the month they were born in. However, many people don’t know that just like the stones, each month has a flower or two as well, which symbolizes birth. November birth flower is the ever so ordinary chrysanthemum. I never thought I would every say that button and spider mums have become one of my top 10 flowers to use when designing. They are fairly inexpensive, and super hardy. That means that they are a great flower for DIYers and that arrangements can be made several days ahead of time. I find that I often gravitate towards the green ones since they are one of the rare flowers that are actually green. I just absolutely love these green flower balls made out of button mums. How cute is this vintage bird cage accented with green spider mums, white hydrangea, and hypernicum.
(bed of wheat grass with large carnation, rose, and mum flower balls)
Here is the history and meaning behind November birth flower.
The Chrysanthemum, which is closely related to the daisy is often referred to by cultivators and gardeners as “mums”. It includes about 30 species of perineal flowering plants which are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. At one point there were more species of the Chrysanthemum but the species was split.
The Chrysanthemum can grow between 50-150cm tall, has deep leaves and large flower heads with dozens of petals. The Chrysanthemum is most commonly found in shades of white, pink, red and yellow.
In parts of Asia the Chrysanthemum boiled petals make a sweet drink known as Chrysanthemum tea. Many people believe that this tea has many medicinal uses including curing influenza.
The Chrysanthemum resembles a close cousin the mugwort weed which is often called the wild Chrysanthemum. Because of this many florists do not like to use the Chrysanthemum in floral arrangements. In some countries in Europe and in Japan, Chrysanthemum’s are the symbol of death and only used in funeral arrangements, while the opposite is true in America where it is more positive and cheerful.
Fun and interesting fact: An ancient Chinese city was named Chu-Hsien, meaning “chrysanthemum city”. The flower was introduced into Japan probably in the 8th century CE, and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal. There is a “Festival of Happiness” in Japan that celebrates the flower.
Here are some beautiful chrysanthemum inspirations.