As winter turns to spring, flowers are in abundance. Whether you’re a fan of wildflowers or cultivated breeds, it’s always interesting to know the history of plants. The Chrysanthemum is known as one of the “Four Gentlemen” in Chinese and East Asian art(the others are bamboo, orchid, & plum blossom). Chrysanthemum is also a seasonally representative flower of “autumn” when classed with the “flowers of the four seasons” in Chinese art as well (others are orchid, lotus, and plum blossom).
Not only used in art, cultivated Chrysanthemum petals are made into a tea in both China and Korea, and some dishes steam the leaves for a tasty green addition. The Chrysanthemum also carries a natural chemical insecticide that is a good alternative to less bio-friendly chemicals. However, it is not good for fish, but luckily it quickly biodegrades on contact with sunlight.
It is traditional in China to give this beautiful flower to an elder as it signifies long life, and has a strong “yang” energy. It is said to attract good luck to the home, so you may want to consider placing a cut bouquet in your house. It can also be powerful for those who are having trouble with addiction.
And China isn’t the only country that loves this golden flower – Italians place them on graves, in Japan it is a sign of the Emperor, in America it is the official flower for both Chicago and Salinas, CA.
Not to mention Tutankhamen was buried with floral collars made of Chrysanthemum. All around, the Chrysanthemum is a pretty interesting flower not only for its physical, spiritual and cultural properties, but also its beauty. Grab a bouquet of these floral beauties today!
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