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November’s birth flower, the chrysanthemum, celebrates the vibrant colors of autumn leaves.

Also known as “mums,” chrysanthemums comes from the Greek prefix chrys- meaning golden and -anthemion, meaning flower. Although ots original colors were golden hues, though mums now come in many colors—orange, burgundy, purple, red, and more and is often seen in abundance in autum decor!

Chrysanthemums were cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BCE. 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.  In both cultures the chrysantemum is considered a symbol of youth.

The Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of the chrysanthemum’s petals to represent perfection much like the rising sun.

The flower was brought to the Western World in the 17th century. 

Here are a few of our bouquets featuring Chrysanthemum (and other flowers)