Flower of October and November: Chrysanthemum

What’s in a name: Chrysanthemum combines two words from the Greek language and means Golden Flower.

History: Chrysanthemums have been used and revered by the Chinese since at least the early 15th century, according to the National Chrysanthemum Society USA, “As an herb, it was believed to have the power of life. Legend has it that the boiled roots were used as a headache remedy; young sprouts and petals were eaten in salads; and leaves were brewed for a festive drink.” Continue reading “Flower of October and November: Chrysanthemum”

August Flower of the Month – Gladiolus

What’s in a Name:  The genus Gladiolus comes from Latin word “gladius” meaning sword, for the plant’s sword-shaped leaves. Some myths say the flower sprang forth where ever there was bloodshed during battles of Roman Gladiators. A more charming story attributes the name to a Prince named Lolus who rescued and fell in love with a maiden named Glad…the twist being that the evil wizard she was destined to marry turned them both into the flowers we know as Gladiolus! Continue reading “August Flower of the Month – Gladiolus”