The name chrysanthemum comes from the Greek. Literally, it means ‘golden flower’: chrys (gold) and ‘anthemon’ (flower). The name stems from the original yellow-gold colour.
In the Far East, chrysanthemum flowers are boiled to make a sweet tea. The tea, which has a cooling effect, supposedly speeds up recovery from influenza. The green tea leaves of some varieties are wok-cooked with garlic and red pepper. The chrysanthemums available in the Netherlands, however, are only for decorative purposes.
The chrysanthemum as such does not exist. There are more than 400 different varieties, all varying in colour and shape!
Chrysanthemums are easy to handle – in a vase, stuck in oasis, alone or in combination with other flowers. Change the water in the vase once in awhile or keep the oasis moist – and you can enjoy their splendid colours for around 14 days.