Chrysanthemums, sometimes called mums or chrysanths, symbolize optimism and joy. They’re the November birth flower, the 13th wedding anniversary flower and the official flower of the city of Chicago. In Japan, there’s even a “Festival of Happiness” to celebrate this flower each year.
Mother’s Day is when traditionally Australians present their mums with a bunch of chrysanthemums. Chrysanthemums are naturally in season in Australia in autumn, so are plentiful in time for Mother’s Day. The cut flowers can easily look good for up to three weeks in a vase. To get the best from a bunch, change the water regularly and re-cut stems every few days.