The chrysanthemum’s decorative history takes us all the way back to the 15th century B.C. It features a mythology that’s overflowing with symbolism and interesting stories. Chrysanthemum’s name is derived from the Greek “chrys,“ meaning “golden” and “anthemion,” which means flower. The bright bloom we know and love has actually been though many generations of artful cultivation to bring the vibrant fall colors we enjoy today, which includes the original golden hue.
Bringing Autumn Cheer and Happiness
Chrysanthemum blooms resemble the aster or daisy, with a yellow to gold center and a crown of festive petals radiating from there. The flower symbolizes positive emotions like joy, cheer and optimism. In Japan, there’s even a “Festival of Happiness” held annually in honor of it. In the United States, chrysanthemum is the birth flower for November. It is also the official city flower of Chicago and the traditional flower given on 13th wedding anniversaries.
In Japanese lore, chrysanthemum is a sun symbol, with the unfolding of its radiant petals reflecting perfection and order. Confucius even proposed these blooms be used as a meditation focus. Another ancient story recommends one single petal of the chrysanthemum be placed in your wine glass to promote happiness, longevity and health.
Chrysanthemum As Centerpiece or Supporting Act
Whether you believe in the symbolism and stories or not, most agree that chrysanthemum holds rare and beautiful charms. At once elegant and down to earth, this bloom broadcasts autumn cheer and is equally impactful as a centerpiece or accent flower. Whether you give an all-mum arrangement or choose them mixed with other blooms, there’s no doubt the chrysanthemum is a show-stopper.
The My Wish bouquet features a sunny mix of yellow daisy chrysanthemums, hot pink and orange carnations and purple asters with a yellow plaid bow. Brilliant Beauty combines mums with yellow roses (and more) to inspire and uplift. An Autumn Abundance Cornucopia is literally overflowing with chrysanthemums, sunflowers, gerbera daisies and lush autumn foliage. You might also consider breaking with tradition with the purple-themed Lavender Sunset, which delights the senses with chrysanthemums, statice and lisianthus all in a keepsake cube vase.