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November's Birthflower: The Cheerful Chrysanthemum

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Thursday November 3rd 2016

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I know for sure that the month of November is under way when I see pots of cheerful chrysanthemums popping up on porches, front stoops, and elsewhere in my neighborhood. The November birth flower is the perfect combination of hardiness and beauty. Look at some of the interesting facts I found on this charming bloom!

Colors Galore

If you're interested in adding a chrysanthemum to your garden or yard, you have a lot of color options. The Greek word "chrysanthemum" refers to the original golden color of this bloom: Chrys means "golden," and anthemion means "flower." Today, chrysanthemums are found in yellow, bronze, white, gold, pink, maroon, and purple. Chrysanthemums are also available in deep red, which is, of course, the symbolic color for love. I gave a pot of beautiful red chrysanthemums to my two best friends who have been married for 13 years. They were so pleased! A bouquet of white chrysanthemums is another traditional choice for couples celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary. White chrysanthemums symbolize truth and loyalty.

Historical Facts About Chrysanthemums

The chrysanthemum goes back to the 15th century in China. The Chinese include the chrysanthemum as one of the "Four Noble Ones," plants representing the four seasons. The other three are the bamboo, orchid, and plum blossom. The Four Noble Ones appear in many works of Chinese art. The chrysanthemum is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes approximately 20,000 species of flowering plants. Through the centuries, different species of chrysanthemums have been used to treat various ailments, including sore throats, colds and headaches.

Caring for These Unique Flowers

Plant your chrysanthemums in well-drained soil about 18 to 30 inches apart. They need room to spread their colorful petals! These flowers require full sunshine and plenty of moisture, especially after they have just been planted. The practice of pinching chrysanthemums helps them to continue to grow new stems and leaves. Also, removing faded chrysanthemum petals can contribute to the flowering process.

Fun Facts About the November Birth Flower

  • The chrysanthemum symbolizes optimism and joy, which is probably why they are given to moms on Mother's Day each year.
  • This is the official flower of Chicago.
  • Chrysanthemums are used as flavoring in some types of tea.
  • Chrysanthemums can be both perennials and annuals.
  • A single chrysanthemum petal at the bottom of a glass of wine is believed to give a person a long and healthy life.
  • Chrysanthemums are classified in nine different categories, including the spider, spoon, anemone, and pompom groups.
  • Into feng shui? These flowers are believed to add laughter and happiness to a home.
  • Daisies and zinnias are close relatives of this flower.

So be sure to include one or two chrysanthemums in your garden this year. If you don't want to plant your chrysanthemums, look for some unique pots to put them in. Black or gray pots can highlight the striking color of chrysanthemums even more. No matter which type you choose, your flowers are sure to bring a dose of bright color to your November!

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