We love fun facts around the office so why not share some of our fun facts this month. With Fall around the corner we want to share our Top 10 fun facts about our favorite Fall flower -the beautiful chrysanthemum.
We love the chrysanthemum because of how its intricate head forms and the wide variety of colors. We have fall-en in love with Chrysanthemums.
Top 10 fun facts about our favorite Fall flower:
- The name “chrysanthemum” is derived from the Greek words chrysos, which means gold and anthemon, which means flower.
- Chrysanthemums were first described in writings in the 15th Century B.C. It was originally cultivated as a flowering herb in China.
- There are two types of flowers: standard and spray chrysanthemums. Standard flower head will produce one flower head at the end of a stem, while spray or bunch chrysanthemums can have 3-7 blooms per stem.
- After roses, chrysanthemum is the most popular flower in the industry. Do you agree?
- Besides being a beautiful flower, chrysanthemums contain a chemical called pyrenthrum which serves as a natural bug repellent.
- Not only are chrysanthemums used for decoration, but they also have many health benefits! Chrysanthemum tea is used to help relieve head congestion and strengthen the lungs.
- In 1966, chrysanthemum was declared the official flower for Chicago by by mayor Mayor Richard J. Daley.
- Did you know mums form part of a secret message in a presidential portrait? In 2018, artist Kehinde Wiley was commissioned to create Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait that currently hangs in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. In this picture that depicts Obama in front of foliage, the artist added flowers in the background to honor the former presidents’ roots. Along with jazmin flowers which symbolize Hawaii, Obama’s home state and African blue lilies which honor his father’s heritage, you will find yellow chrysanthemums in the background which represent Chicago, where Obama became a community organizer and, ultimately, a senator of Illinois.
- Depending on the culture, flowers can have different meanings for people. In some European countries, chrysanthemums are used for funerals as they are associated with death. In other places, like Australia for example, they are usually a very popular gift for Mother’s Day.
- Chrysanthemums are a traditional wedding anniversary gift. Can you guess which year? 1st year is paper, 10th is tin, 25th is silver, 50th is gold and 13thwedding anniversary are chrysanthemums! Do you know anyone celebrating 13 years of marriage?
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