Imagine, chrysanthemums have been cultivated in Chinese gardens
for almost 3000 years! The name chrysanthemum comes from the Greek
chrysos (gold) and anthos (flower). Today some of the meanings associated
with this flower are: innocence, cheerfulness and loyal love.
Description: 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. The flower was brought to the Western World
in the 17th century. It was named by Carolus Linnaeus from the Greek
prefix chrys-, which means golden (the color of the original flowers),
and -anthemion, meaning flower. Chrysanthemums can be yellow, white,
or even bright red.
Meanings of the Chrysanthemum flower : Cheerfulness,
Red Chrysanthemums : I love you
Spider Chrysanthemum : Let's elope
Yellow Chrysanthemums : I feel slighted
White Chrysanthemum : I tell the truth