November Birth Flower: Chrysanthemum
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Meaning: The Chrysanthemum flower represents joy, longevity and prosperity. This is, in part, due to the sturdiness of the flower. It blooms during the colder months and brings a colorful beauty to a browning world. Several European cultures offer the white Chrysanthemum to the bereaved as a token of comfort.
Name Origin: Though the colors of the Chrysanthemum are now found in purples, mauves, sunny yellows, maroons, and cottony whites, the flower originated in golden hues. Known also as “mums,” the flower’s full name was coined by the famous taxologist Karl Linnaeus. Because the Chrysanthemum’s bloom hadn’t yet accumulated its array of colors, Linnaeus named it after the Greek words ‘chrysos,’ meaning ‘gold,’ and ‘anthemon’ meaning ‘flower.’
History: This flower has a delightfully long history, particularly in Asia, where it was discovered (and referenced in Chinese literature) over three thousand years ago. The Chinese loved the flower so much they named a city after it, Chu-Hsien, literally translated as ‘Chrysanthemum City.’ When the mum migrated to Japan in 400 A.D., the emperor became so enamored of it that he made the flower his official crest and seal.
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