Chrysanthemum are a member of the Compositae family and are available in a wide range of brilliant colors, shapes and sizes. First cultivated in China over 6 centuries ago, this type was initially grown as an herb associated with the power of life.
Chrysanthemum have their name origin from two Greek words, chrysos which means golden, and anthemon that means flower or blossom. This name was chosen because of the flowers' original golden color. In Asia, it is called 'The Flower of Royalty' and 'mum or mums', in short in Western world. Chrysanthemum are one of the easiest flowering plants to grow. The chrysanthemum flowers range from dazzling whites to deep bronzes, and the hardy plants are highlighted with full, dark green leaves. Chrysanthemum flowers look like they have a multitude of petals, but each individual petal is actually a small floret. There are two different types of florets: ray and disc florets. Ray florets are what we traditionally see as the petals, while the disc florets create the center buttons. When the florets are all clustered together, they give us what we know and love as a mum bloom.