A member of the daisy family, the chrysanthemum gets its name from the Greek chrysos, which means “gold,” and ánthemon, which means “flower.” These perennials are one of the world’s most popular flowers, and come in a wide array of colors including yellow, white, pink, and red.
Native to Asia, chrysanthemums carry wide symbolism. In the United States and Britain, they are seen as signs of cheerfulness, honor, and friendship. In Australia, chrysanthemums are the most popular Mother's Day flowers. In China, they symbolize longevity, nobility, and new life. In continental Europe, chrysanthemums are used as symbols of mourning, sympathy, and grief.
The chrysanthemum is a great gift for November birthdays and for Mother’s Day. It can also be given to symbolize abundance, friendship, and happiness. Used to celebrate 13th wedding anniversaries, the chrysanthemum is a perfect expression of love, devotion, and fidelity. The chrysanthemum is also fitting for those in need of comfort and hope for the future.