November’s birth flower, the chrysanthemum, recalls the vibrant colors of autumn leaves. Learn about the meaning and symbolism of chrysanthemums.
The November birth flowers, chrysanthemums, are often nicknamed “mums.”
The word, “chrysanthemum,” comes from the Greek prefix chrys- meaning golden and -anthemion, meaning flower. Its original colors were golden hues, though mums now come in many colors.
A native to Asia with a history that dates back to 15th century B.C., chrysanthemum symbolism often originates from its original birthplace.
In Japan, there’s even a “Festival of Happiness” to celebrate this flower each year.
- Both the Chinese and Japanese consider chrysanthemums a powerful emblem of youth. The Chinese also believe that it prevents gray hair.
- A symbol of the sun, the Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of the chrysanthemum’s petals to represent perfection.
- Confucius once suggested chrysanthemums be used as an object of meditation.
- It’s said that a single petal placed in the bottom of a glass of wine enhances longevity.
- A red chrysanthemum means “I love you.”
- A white chrysanthemum means innocence, purity, and pure love.
- A yellow chrysanthemum means slighted love.
Gardening With Mums
Chrysanthemums are perennials. After they finish blooming in the fall, mulch them with several inches of straw to protect them from the cold.