Chrysanthemum – New World Encyclopedia

A cluster of chrysanthemums

A cluster of chrysanthemums

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Household: Asteraceae
Genus: Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum aphrodite
Chrysanthemum arcticum
Chrysanthemum argyrophyllum
Chrysanthemum arisanense
Chrysanthemum boreale
Chrysanthemum chalchingolicum
Chrysanthemum chanetii
Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium
Chrysanthemum coronarium, Crown daisy
Chrysanthemum crassum
Chrysanthemum glabriusculum
Chrysanthemum hypargyrum
Chrysanthemum indicum
Chrysanthemum japonense
Chrysanthemum japonicum
Chrysanthemum lavandulifolium
Chrysanthemum mawii
Chrysanthemum maximowiczii
Chrysanthemum mongolicum
Chrysanthemum morifolium
Chrysanthemum morii
Chrysanthemum okiense
Chrysanthemum oreastrum
Chrysanthemum ornatum
Chrysanthemum pacificum
Chrysanthemum potentilloides
Chrysanthemum segetum
Chrysanthemum shiwogiku
Chrysanthemum sinuatum
Chrysanthemum vestitum
Chrysanthemum weyrichii
Chrysanthemum yoshinaganthum
Chrysanthemum zawadskii

Chrysanthemum is the widespread identify and genus identify for a gaggle of erect, herbaceous perennial crops within the flowering plant household Asteraceae (aster, daisy or sunflower household), typically characterised by fragrant, deeply lobed, alternate leaves and sometimes giant and showy flowers. The time period is also used for the flower head of any of those crops, a lot of that are cultivated as ornamentals. Cultivated species usually are referred to as mums and these are inclined to have giant, radiate flower heads versus smaller flower heads in wild species.

Chrysanthemums have been treasured by people for 1000’s of years, being cultivated in China over 3,000 years in the past and reaching the significance of serving because the floral image of the Japanese imperial household. The varied components of a chrysanthemum—its wealthy colours, the texture of its petals, the perfume of its scent, and so forth—present a price for human beings by way of bringing pleasure by way of its magnificence, whereas on the identical time advancing the person goal of the chrysanthemum by selling its survival. And, since magnificence isn’t perceived in monotony, however in selection and distinction, people have additional developed even these components, each by including the human presence (giving chrysanthemums, displaying them, and so forth.) and by creating new kinds of chrysanthemums.

Description and taxonomy

The household Asteraceae or Compositae, to which Chrysanthemum belongs, is called the aster, daisy, or sunflower household. It’s the largest household of flowering crops when it comes to variety of species. In accordance with the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew, the household contains greater than 1,600 genera and 23,000 species. The identify “Asteraceae” is derived from the kind genus Aster and refers back to the star-shaped flower head of its members, epitomized effectively by the daisy. “Compositae,” an older however nonetheless legitimate identify (McNeill et al. 2006), means “composite” and refers back to the distinctive inflorescence (described under).

Asteraceae is a taxon of dicotyledonous flowering crops. Along with the chrysanthemum and daisy, different well-known family members embrace lettuce, chicory, globe artichoke, safflower, dandelion, ragwort, and sunflower.

Crops belonging to the Asteraceae share all the next traits (Judd et al. 1999). None of those traits, taken individually, might be thought-about synapomorphic.

  • The inflorescence is an involucrate capitulum (flower head)
  • Tubular/disc florets are actinomorphic, ligulate/ray florets are zygomorphic
  • Anthers are syngenesious, i.e. with the stamens fused collectively at their edges, forming a tube
  • The ovary has basal association of the ovules
  • One ovule per ovary
  • The calyx (sepals) of the florets are modified to kind a pappus, a tuft of hairs, which regularly seems on the mature fruit
  • The fruit is an achene
  • Within the important oils Sesquiterpenes are current, however iridoids are missing.

The most typical attribute of all these crops is an inflorescence or flower head (previously composite flower): a densely packed cluster of quite a few, small, particular person flowers, often referred to as florets (that means “small flowers”). Crops within the household Asteraceae sometimes have one or each of two sorts of florets. The outer perimeter of a flower head like that of a sunflower consists of florets possessing an extended strap-like petal, termed a ligule; these are the ray florets. The internal portion of the flower head (or disc) consists of small flowers with tubular corollas; these are the disc florets.

The genus Chrysanthemum comprises about 30 species of crops native to Asia and northeastern Europe. The genus as soon as included many extra species, however was break up a number of many years in the past into a number of genera; the naming of the genera has been contentious, however a ruling of the Worldwide Code of Botanical Nomenclature in 1999 resulted within the defining species of the genus being modified to Chrysanthemum indicum, thereby restoring the economically necessary florist’s chrysanthemum to the genus Chrysanthemum. These species had been, after the splitting of the genus however earlier than the ICBN ruling, generally handled beneath the genus identify Dendranthema. The opposite species beforehand handled within the slim view of the genus Chrysanthemum are actually transferred to the genus Glebionis. The opposite genera break up off from Chrysanthemum embrace Argyranthemum, Leucanthemopsis, Leucanthemum, Rhodanthemum, and Tanacetum.

The species of Chrysanthemum are herbaceous perennial crops rising to 50–150 centimeters tall, with deeply lobed leaves and huge flowerheads, that are white, yellow, or pink within the wild species. As with Asteraceae generally, Chrysanthemum blooms are composed of many particular person flowers (florets), each able to producing a seed. Some species and hybrids have solely disc florets within the flower head, whereas others have each ray and disc florets. The ray florets are thought-about imperfect flowers, as they solely possess the feminine productive organs, whereas the disk florets are thought-about excellent flowers as they possess each female and male reproductive organs.

Historical past

Chrysanthemums had been cultivated in China as a flowering herb way back to the fifteenth century B.C.E. An historic Chinese language metropolis was named Ju-Xian, that means “chrysanthemum metropolis.” The chrysanthemum immediately is among the “4 Junzi Flowers” (四君子) of China (the others being ume, orchid, and bamboo), recognized in Chinese language as ().

The chrysanthemum was launched into Japan in all probability within the eighth century C.E., and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal.

kikukamonshō on Japanese battleship Mikasa

The chrysanthemum (菊 kiku in Japanese) is the monshō (“badge” or “crest”) of the emperor of Japan immediately, and subsequently the flower represents the emperor and Imperial Home. The time period kikukamonshō actually means the “Chrysanthemum Crest” (Imperial Seal). The Imperial Seal of Japan is utilized by members of the Japanese imperial household. Nevertheless, beneath the Meiji Structure, nobody is permitted to make use of the Imperial Seal besides the Emperor of Japan. Thus, traditionally, every member of the imperial household has used a barely modified model of the seal. Shinto shrines both displayed the imperial seal or included components of the seal into their very own emblems.

The image is a yellow or orange chrysanthemum with black or purple outlines and background. A central disc is surrounded by a entrance set of 16 petals. A rear set of 16 petals are half staggered in relation to the entrance set and are seen on the edges of the flower. An instance of the chrysanthemum getting used is within the badge for the Order of the Chrysanthemum. The Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum is a Japanese honor awarded by the emperor. A chrysanthemum showing in a commoner’s mon, or conventional heraldic crest, would characteristic 17 petals.

Chrysanthemum Throne
The gate of Yashukuni shrine

Different members of the imperial household use a model with 14 single petals, whereas a kind with 16 single petals is used for Food regimen members’ pins, orders, passports, and so forth.

The Chrysanthemum Throne (Japanese: 菊花紋章, kikukamonshō or kikkamonshō) is the English time period given to the Imperial Throne of Japan. In Japanese, it’s merely referred to as the Imperial Throne (Japanese: kōi or 皇位). As of 2008, the emperor is His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Akihito, who has been on the Chrysanthemum Throne since his father Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) died in 1989.

The flower was delivered to Europe within the seventeenth century. Linnaeus named it from the Greek prefix chrys-, which suggests golden (the colour of the unique flowers), and -anthemon, that means flower.

Makes use of

Decorative makes use of

Cultivated chrysanthemums might be yellow, white, and even vivid purple, comparable to these.

The flowers of chrysanthemums happen in varied kinds, and might be daisy-like, ornamental, pompons, or buttons. This genus comprises many hybrids and 1000’s of cultivars developed for horticultural functions. Along with the standard yellow, different colours can be found, comparable to white, purple, and purple. Crucial business hybrid is Chrysanthemum × morifolium (syn. C. × grandiflorum), derived primarily from C. indicum but in addition involving different species.

Chrysanthemums are damaged into two primary teams, backyard hardy and exhibition. Backyard hardy mums are perennials able to being wintered over within the floor in most northern latitudes. Exhibition varieties should not often as sturdy. Backyard hardies are outlined by their skill to supply an abundance of small blooms with little if any mechanical help (i.e., staking) and withstanding wind and rain. Exhibition varieties alternatively require staking and over-wintering in a comparatively dry cool atmosphere, typically with the addition of night time lights.

The exhibition varieties can be utilized to create many superb plant kinds; Giant disbudded blooms, spray kinds, in addition to many artistically skilled kinds, comparable to: Thousand Bloom, Normal (bushes), Followers, Hanging Baskets, Topiary, Bonsai, and Cascades.

Chrysanthemum blooms are divided into 13 totally different bloom kinds by the US Nationwide Chrysanthemum Society, which is consistent with the worldwide classification system. The bloom kinds are outlined by the best way during which the ray and disc florets are organized. In some varieties, the disc florets are fully hid, whereas in others the disc flowers are fully uncovered.

Irregular Incurve: These are the giants of the chrysanthemum world. Very often disbudded to create a single big bloom (ogiku), the disc florets are fully hid, whereas the ray florets curve inwardly to hide the disc and in addition grasp right down to create a “skirt.” Additionally referred to as, “japs.”

Reflex: The disc florets are hid and the ray florets reflex outwards to create a mop like look.

Common Incurve: Much like the irregular incurves, solely often smaller blooms, with practically excellent globular kind. Disc florets are fully hid. They was referred to as “Chinese language.”

Ornamental: Much like reflex blooms with out the mop like look. Disc florets are fully hid, ray florets often don’t radiate at greater than a 90 diploma angle to the stem.

Intermediate Incurve: These blooms are in-between the Irregular and Common incurves in each dimension and kind. They often have broader florets and a extra loosely composed bloom. Once more, the disc florets are fully hid.

Maroon Mums.jpg

Pompon: The blooms are absolutely double, of small dimension, and nearly fully globular in kind. Observe the spelling, it’s not pompom.

Single/Semi-Double: These blooms have fully uncovered disc florets, with between one and 7 rows of ray florets, often radiating at no more than a 90 diploma angle to the stem.

Anemone: The disc florets are prominently featured, very often raised and overshadowing the ray florets.

Spoon: The disc florets are seen, and the ray florets are spatulate.

Quill: The disc florets are fully hid, and the ray florets are tube like.

Spider: The disc florets are fully hid, and the ray florets are tube like with hooked or barbed ends, hanging loosely across the stem.

Brush & Thistle: The disc florets could also be seen. The ray florets are sometimes tube like, and venture throughout the flower head, or venture parallel to the stem.

Unique: These blooms defy classification as they possess the attributes of greater than one of many different twelve bloom varieties.

Chrysanthemum leaves so intently resemble its relative, the mugwort weed, that mugwort is typically referred to as wild chrysanthemum.

In some nations of Europe (e.g., France, Poland), in Korea, and in Japan, white chrysanthemums are symbolic of dying and are solely used for funerals or on graves. In China, white chrysanthemums are symbolic of lamentation.

Culinary makes use of

Yellow or white chrysanthemum flowers are boiled to make a candy drink in some components of Asia. The ensuing beverage is understood merely as “chrysanthemum tea” (pinyin: júhuā chá, in Chinese language). Chrysanthemum tea is used for some medicinal functions, together with an help in restoration from influenza. In Korea, a rice wine flavored with chrysanthemum flowers is named gukhwaju (국화주).

Insecticidal and environmental makes use of

Chrysanthemum coronarium within the Tel Aviv botanical backyard

Pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum [or Tanacetum] cinerariaefolium) is economically necessary as a pure supply of insecticide. The flowers are pulverized, and the lively parts referred to as pyrethrins, contained within the seed circumstances, are extracted and bought within the type of an oleoresin. That is utilized as a suspension in water or oil, or as a powder. Pyrethrins assault the nervous programs of all bugs, and inhibit feminine mosquitoes from biting. When not current in quantities deadly to bugs, they nonetheless seem to have an insect repellent impact. They’re dangerous to fish, however are far much less poisonous to mammals and birds than many artificial pesticides and are non-persistent, being biodegradable and in addition breaking down simply on publicity to mild. They’re thought-about to be among the many most secure pesticides to be used round meals. (Pyrethroids are artificial pesticides primarily based on pure pyrethrum, in different phrases, permethrin.)

Chrysanthemum crops have been proven to cut back indoor air air pollution by the NASA Clear Air Research (Wolverton et al. 1984).


This flower is named Oogiku in Japanese. Meaning “huge chrysanthemum.” The dimensions of this flower is round 200mm.
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  • McNeill, J. et al. 2006. Worldwide Code of Botanical Nomenclature Worldwide Affiliation of Plant Taxonomy (IAPT). Retrieved April 11, 2008.
  • Wolverton, B. C., R. C. McDonald, and E. A. Watkins. 2004. Foliage crops for eradicating indoor air pollution from energy-efficient houses Financial Botany 34: 224-228. Retrieved April 11, 2008.

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