An old variety which is now very rare and classified as ‘Threatened in cultivation’ by Plant Heritage.
Elspeth is believed to have been bred at Capel Manor and known to have been grown since at least 1911.
A tough and reliable Chrysanthemum which is easy to grow.
The Chrysanthemum has it's origins in China and is mentioned by Confucius in 500bc. It was introduced to Japan in about AD386 where it was bred from and it became the national emblem towards the end of the 8th century, when the Order of the Chrysanthemum was the highest award that the state could bestow on any citizen. In the East the Chrysanthemum is seen as a symbol of purity and long life.
Myth and Legend
Chrysanthemums are known known as Christ's flower, because they came into bloom on the morning of his birth.
The flower is said to protect the wearer against the wrath of the gods. Having it growing in your garden will ward off evil spirits.
For some, it is considered unlucky to have Chrysanthemums in the house. This is doubtless because they are a funeral favourite in some areas of Europe. In Italy, giving Chrysanthemums is the equivalent of saying "I wish you were dead".
Common name(s): Mums