When summer ends, the chrysanthemum season begins. This beautiful flower enters its territory from September until the first frost.
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Around the world, it is especially loved for its resistance and the diversity of its varieties. But did you know that it has many other meanings? What is a chrysanthemum is described in this article?
Symbols of chrysanthemums: China, Japan, and other countries Let’s start with the East, as Japan and China are still debating which country is the home of the plant.
In the Middle Kingdom, chrysanthemum is one of the four noble plants’ along with plum, orchid, and bamboo. It is considered the flower of October, and in autumn one can see different varieties and species on display in courtyards and squares. In China, the chrysanthemum symbolizes yin energy birth, femininity, chastity, tranquility, peace, and prosperity.
In the country of Japan, Tenjin and chrysanthemum are symbols of the same word. According to legend, the Japanese are descendants of the sun god, and the chrysanthemum became the national flower of Japan.
Until the 19th century, it could only be depicted on imperial paraphernalia as a sign of power, dignity, and honor. Today, it is a favorite of the Japanese. In September one of the country’s biggest and most beautiful holidays, the Chrysanthemum Festival is celebrated.
In the United States, flowers represent friendship and strong human bonds, but without romantic overtones. Chrysanthemums are often given to co-workers, family, and friends, and are seen as a substitute for roses, and are considered a flower for loved ones.
The chrysanthemum has a sad meaning in Italy, Belgium, Austria, and France. The flower symbolizes grief and loss. Traditionally, a bouquet of chrysanthemums is brought to the cemetery.
In Japan, white chrysanthemums are also used for funerals. But there the flower was bloomed, not to mean sadness, but to live forever.
Chrysanthemums occupy an important place in the autumn flower collection. Their bright flowers decorate gardens and flower beds until the first frost, attracting attention with their perfect shape and various shades.
Some varieties resemble daisies, while others bear a striking resemblance to dahlias, asters, and anemones. Because daisies are hardy and easy to care for, they easily take root in the ground, delighting their owners with their stunning beauty.
HISTORY OF CHRYSANTHEMUM
The original home of chrysanthemum is thought to be China, where it was cultivated as early as the first millennium B.C. and used mainly for food. Starting in the 12th century, Emperor Goba adopted the yellow 16-petaled flower as the national emblem of Japan, and it is still used today as the unofficial symbol of the Land of the Rising Sun.
And when the sign was approved as the imperial seal in 1889, the Japanese monarchy even began calling it the “Chrysanthemum Throne.
In the sixteenth century, during the period of active trade and colonial activities in Asia, the chrysanthemum spread throughout Europe, and in the mid-nineteenth century, it was brought to the Russian Empire.
The name chrysanthemum comes from the Greek word “flower of gold” because before botanists began creating hybrids, the prevalent flower was yellow with petals similar to daisies.
WHAT DO THE COLORS OF THE DAISY REPRESENT?
In the Victorian era, when certain meanings were assigned to plants, daisies did not have many shades. Consider the most popular meanings.
The yellow daisy represents easy living, wealth, prosperity, and health. It is also a symbol of passionate companionship, strength, and dig