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Flower Spotlight: Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums are some of the most popular flowers in the industry, standing just below roses, tulips, and lilies. With around 13 types of this mighty bloom, the possibilities for floral designs are endless! Keep reading to learn more about this late-season flower.

Origin and Symbolism

Chrysanthemums, also known as mums, were first cultivated in China back in the 15th century. Carolus Linnaeus, a Swedish naturalist, named this flower using a combination of two Greek words, ‘chrys’ and ‘anthemon,’ meaning golden flower. Chrysanthemums became part of the Eastern culture and ceremonial drinks as it was said to possess the power of life.

In the 17th century, mums made their way to America and were often placed in gravestones, quickly adopting an association with death. Now, in the 21st century, the meaning of mums has become one of optimism, joy, fidelity, and love or grief depending on the color of the flower. Several cities in Asia still hold annual chrysanthemum exhibitions in honor of this beautiful bloom.


Chrysanthemums are often used in funeral arrangements as it still remains a symbol of grief or death. White mums with greenery and other blooms like lilies express sympathy for the departure of someone dearly loved.

Most chrysanthemum species blossom from August to November.

The flower is able to survive up to 2 weeks in a vase. Unfortunately, the leaves of this flower die faster, so removing them from the stem ensures a longer lifespan.

According to some studies performed by NASA, mums help reduce air pollution. Isn’t that awesome? Not only are these flowers beautiful but they also help the environment!


Chrysanthemums belong to the Asteraceae family and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can find mums in yellow, red, purple, and white!

Visit your local florist and ask them to include this stunning bloom in your next floral arrangement!


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  1. Great Article. Thank you!

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