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Chrysanthemums, Chicago Botanic Garden

I just love the layers of colors and texture in this field of chrysanthemums. Because of recent frosts, the colors of autumn at the garden are just rich. Maples are blazing, hickories are hot and birches are buttery yellow. And these chrysanthemums are fiery.

Come see the Garden in its full fall glory before it's too late!

From the Wikipedia: The chrysanthemum, also known as the mum, is a flowering perennial plant of the genus Chrysanthemum in the daisy family (Asteraceae). Chrysanthemums were cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BCE. An ancient Chinese city was named Chu-Hsien, meaning "chrysanthemum city". The flower was introduced into Japan probably in the 8th century CE, and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal. There is a "Festival of Happiness" in Japan that celebrates the flower. The flower was brought to the Western World in the 17th century.

Modern chrysanthemums are much more showy than their ancient relatives. The flowers occur in various forms, and can be daisy-like, decorative, pompons or buttons. This genus contains many hybrids developed for horticultural purposes. In addition to the traditional yellow, other colours are available, such as white, purple, and red.

In some countries of Europe and in Japan, chrysanthemums are symbolic of death and are only used for funerals or on graves. In the United States, the flower is usually seen as more positive and cheerful.

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