NOVEMBER BIRTH FLOWERS
Chrysanthemum the November birth flower symbolize cheerfulness, rest, loveliness, optimism, abundance, wealth. Red means love. Yellow means slighted love and white means truth.
The chrysanthemum flower, also known as the mum, is a flowering perennial plant of the genus Chrysanthemum in the daisy family. Chrysanthemums were cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BCE. An ancient Chinese city was named Chu-Hsien, meaning “chrysanthemum city”. The flower was introduced into Japan probably in the 8th century CE, and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal. There is a “Festival of Happiness” in Japan that celebrates the flower. The flower was brought to the Western World in the 17th century. It was named by Carolus Linnaeus from the Greek prefix chrys-, which means golden (the color of the original flowers), and -anthemon, meaning flower.
The flowers occur in various forms, and can be daisy-like, decorative, pompons or buttons. Chrysanthemum flowers are boiled to make a sweet drink in some parts of Asia. The resulting beverage is known simply as “chrysanthemum tea”. Chrysanthemum tea has many medicinal uses, including an aid in recovery from influenza. Enjoy this wonderful birthday month flower of November.