Importance of the chrysanthemum in Japan
In its Japanese homeland, the chrysanthemum enjoys the status of a national flower. The imperial throne is referred to as the “chrysanthemum throne” and the imperial - which is also often used as a national coat of arms - shows a stylized, 16-pointed chrysanthemum. Even the highest state award is named after the flower. This admiration is hardly surprising, because the chrysanthemum is a symbol of luck and prosperity due to its very long flowering time.
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Chrysanthemum as a relationship maker
In Victorian England - and from there also in other parts of Europe - the chrysanthemum expresses a willingness to have a relationship. When someone gives you a chrysanthemum, they mean: “My heart is free”. However, this meaning of the autumn flower is unfortunately only known to a few people today. By the way: It is not just the type of flower that “speaks”, but also the type of delivery: If the flowers are presented with the heads down, for example, their meaning is reversed.
The colors also have a meaning
You must also exercise caution when choosing the flower colors. Each color is assigned a specific meaning. White chrysanthemums, for example, represent death - and you certainly don't want to surprise your loved one with a cemetery flower. Here we briefly introduce you to the most important meanings of the chrysanthemum:
- white flowers: death
- red flowers: love
- yellow / orange flowers: happiness, eternity
- purple flowers: closeness, loyalty
Tips & Tricks
Chrysanthemums usually bloom yellow or orange and bring the sun into the garden even in deep autumn. However, there are also many varieties with other flower colors.