Monday, November 7, 2011

November -- Flower -- Chrysanthemum

For those born in November your birth flower is the chrysanthemum, a vibrant lovely flower that brings a bit of cheer to dreary winter days. The common name for chrysanthemum is mum(s) and is a member of the daisy family. The chrysanthemum was named by Carolus Linnaeus. Chrysanthemum is derived from combining the Greek prefix chrys-, which means golden and –anthemon, meaning flower.

Pom pom shaped flower blooms are the most common and easily recognizable. However, the chrysanthemum comes in the shape of football and daisy like blooms as well. While there are many colors the traditional color of mum’s are crisp fall colors, in golden, burgundy, yellow and deep bronze to name a few.

There are over 30 different species, which are native to northeastern Europe and Asia. Although, they do grow very well here in the Pacific Northwest as both an indoor and outdoor plant. Japan has a “Festival of Happiness” that is held to celebrate the flowering chrysanthemum’s.

In folklore Chrysanthemum’s hold the meaning of cheerfulness, love, optimism, perfection and happiness. It is also used in cooking and medicinally.

One more good reason to give the gift of flowers for someone’s birthday or purchase for yourself, is due to a study done by NASA. It was a clean air study and the results showed that growing chrysanthemum plants indoors reduced air pollution.

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