September 22, 2014

Gold Flower

It's chrysanthemum season!
  • The name "chrysanthemum" is derived from the Greek words chrysos (gold) and anthemon (flower).
  • Yellow or white chrysanthemum flowers of the species C. morifolium are boiled to make a sweet drink in some parts of Asia.
  • Chrysanthemum leaves are steamed or boiled and used as greens.
  • Small chrysanthemums are used in Japan as a sashimi garnish.
  • Pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium) is economically important as a natural source of insecticide. Pyrethrins attack the nervous systems of all insects, and inhibit female mosquitoes from biting. 
  • Chrysanthemum plants have been shown to reduce indoor air pollution by the NASA Clean Air Study.
  • In some countries of Europe (e.g., France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Croatia), incurve chrysanthemums are symbolic of death and are used only for funerals or on graves.
  • In the United States, the flower is usually regarded as positive and cheerful. 
  • In Australia,the chrysanthemum is sometimes given to mothers for Mother's Day.
  • "Chrysanthemum Gate" is taboo slang meaning "anus" (with sexual connotations).
  •  In China it is one of the four symbolic seasonal flowers.
  • Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC.

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