A very old and beautiful variety, written about by Gertrude Jekyll in 1888.
In September the leaves colour a rich ruby red, setting off the silvery pink quilled double flowers beautifully.
Loved by bees. Good for cutting.
It makes a welcome late summer and autumn show in borders and beds, with the added benefit of providing perfect cutting material for floral arrangements.
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