Chrysanthemum connotations vary around the world. In Asian cultures the chrysanthemum signifies life. Sending these flowers to those grieving the passing of a loved one is an expression of sympathy in Europe. The chrysanthemum holds a place of honor in America.
"Chrysanthemum" is derived from the Greek words "chrysos" meaning gold and "anthemion" for flower.
In Japan, the chrysanthemum is honored yearly during the Festival of Happiness. This venerated flower adorns family crests of nobility and is the emblem of the Japanese emperor.
Second only to the rose in popularity, it is believed that a chrysanthemum petal set inside the bottom of a wine glass ensures a healthy and long life.