The name chrysanthemum comes from the Greek words meaning ‘gold flower’ and from the Chinese name for them – mums. Many people call chrysanthemums ‘pot mums’. Originating in China, they were taken to Japan round 1500 years ago and then entered Europe in the eighteenth century.
Chrysanthemums are available in variety of shapes and sizes and the flowers differ between species. Although originally chrysanthemums were small yellow flowers, they are now available as whites, pinks, purples, greens, reds and many other colours. The flowers themselves can be ball or globe shaped, daisy-shaped or even button shaped.
There are around 30 species of chrysanthemums in the Asteraceae family. There are many hybrids and cultivars available. C.morifolium is a hardy variety, available in many colours and is popular in gardens