It may be one of the more challenging words to spell out during a Spelling Bee, but the Chrysanthemum is a robust bloom adding some colorful positivity. Words and sentiments associated with the "Mum" are things like Lasting friendship, support of family or loved ones, cheerfulness, rest and recovery, endurance, loyalty, and devotion.
Even at the beginning of Winter, this flower reminds us that there is still vibrant beauty to behold. Many cultures around the world have embraced the Mum and hold it to different meanings. It was considered a flower of friendship or wishing people well during the Victorian era. You wouldn't find the deep red Chrysanthemums passed around society back then as it is the color of passion, and that honor was reserved for the red Rose. You'll find that it is the first choice for celebrating Mothers Day in Australia but only used on All Saints Day, becoming a symbol of honoring the dead in New Orleans. In Chinese culture, the Chrysanthemum is also called the Four Gentlemen and is a symbol seen in ancient artwork, while in Japan, the bloom represents the royal family of the Emperor.
You can make tea with flowers untreated with pesticides. Did you know that organic pyrethrins extracted from the plant are used to keep those pesky bugs away? Another win for the Chrysanthemum is that they improve air quality according to one NASA study.
So this Thanksgiving don't be afraid to use the Chrysanthemum as part of your dinner table centerpiece as it represents loyalty to family and friends.