Friday, 6 November 2015

The Japanese Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums, one of the most popular flowers during Autumn with many varieties and the Japanese Mum is no exception. This flower is so exceptional, that Chinese nobility gained permission to plant them in their gardens in the 15th century. Not just seen as a royal symbol, but this flower also represents long life and happiness. The Mum was made famous by Carolus Linnaeus who took the greek work 'chrys' (meaning gold coloured), the original colour of mums & added 'anthemon' (meaning flower). There is even a type of firework which creates a pattern that resembles the long petals of the Chrysanthemum. Quite a history for this dazzling flower, by any standard!

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