The cut chrysanthemum is a familiar flower in supermarkets and florists, and is grown commercially in huge quantities. It is a traditional garden flower, and while its popular appeal has waxed and waned many times over the decades, it retains a strong following amongst its enthusiasts and exhibitors. Chrysanthemum cutting beds still take pride of place in many allotments.Buy Chrysanthemum Here!
The colourful flowers make a welcome late summer and autumn show in borders and beds, and they provide perfect cutting material for bouquets and indoor floral arrangements.
Chrysanthemums have been cultivated, admired and included in various art forms in China for at least 3,000 years, and more than 500 cultivars were known there by 1630. Many of the familiar shapes, colours, and varieties were created in Japan, where the chrysanthemum arrived around 400 AD and quickly became part of popular and religious culture. The flower adorns the Imperial Seal of Japan, there is an award for chivalry called the ‘Order of the Chrysanthemum', and the monarch sits on the Chrysanthemum Throne.
One of the first records of the plant in Britain was in the Botanical Magazine of 1796, when a specimen brought from Paris to Kew Gardens was featured. The western name, chrysanthemum, comes from the Ancient Greek ‘chrysos’ (gold) and ‘anthemon’ (flower), reflecting that the original species from which most of the modern hybrids and varieties developed were a rich golden yellow colour.