Wild Chrysanthemum

Biological Name:

Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (Wild-Chrysanthemum)

Natural Habitat:

Wild-Chrysanthemum is a flowering plant that is native to Asia. It can grow in wooded areas and along the edges of forests.


Wild-Chrysanthemum is a perennial herb that is native to Europe and Asia. It has small white flowers and opposite oval-shaped leaves. It is often found in moist shaded areas and is used in traditional medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Why is chrysanthemum the flower of death?
A: The chrysanthemum became associated with death rather than life in European cultures because of its prevalent use as gravesite decoration. In the U.S. it has grown in popularity since its introduction in the colonial period. It is now commonly referred to as “the Queen of fall flowers”.

Q: Are chrysanthemums unlucky?
A: Chrysanthemums are treasured across Asia and are known for being good luck flowers. They are also a symbol of longevity in China. Gold and yellow Chrysanthemums are particularly lucky.

Q: What Colour chrysanthemums mean death?
A: White chrysanthemum blooms are reserved for funerals and decorating graves. In several European nations, including Belgium, Italy, France and Austria, chrysanthemum symbolism has to do with death. The only time chrysanthemum flowers are given in these nations is as a token of comfort, grief or bereavement.

Q: What flower is the kiss of death?
A: Costus Sp. Longibractiatus Kiss of Death – Aloha Tropicals.

Q: What is the grief flower?
A: The chrysanthemum, or mum, makes a wonderful choice when mourning with a family that has ties to Europe or Asia. China, Korea and Japan use white chrysanthemums to symbolize grief.

Q: Which flower means goodbye?
A: Chrysanthemum. White and yellow chrysanthemums are widely used to say goodbye, particularly in Asia.

Q: What flower symbolizes death of a mother?
A: Hibiscus flowers are a popular flower choice to honor the loss of a mother or wife. These delicate blooms often represent femininity and beauty — perfect for those who are grieving an important woman in their life.

Q: Where do wild chrysanthemums grow?
A: They are native to East Asia and northeastern Europe. Most species originate from East Asia and the center of diversity is in China.

Q: Do chrysanthemums repel mosquitoes?
A: Pyrethrum, a naturally occurring mixture of chemicals found in certain chrysanthemum flowers, kills ticks and insects such as fleas and mosquitos by attacking their nervous systems. Six individual chemical compounds called pyrethrins have active insecticidal and acaracidal properties in the pyrethrum extract.

Q: Is there a difference between mums and chrysanthemums?
A: Chrysanthemums, or mums, are a staple in fall gardens. Mums are a national symbol of fall abundance, and this herbaceous and hardy perennial is an easy addition to give a gorgeous pop of color in your fall garden landscape.

Q: Do chrysanthemums keep bugs away?
A: 4 Flowers for Your Garden: Chrysanthemums (Mums) – Repels ticks, fleas, ants, Japanese beetles and many other insects. Mums contain a neurotoxin called Pyrethrin, that kills insects, yet is safe for animals. Therefore, many insects tend to avoid this plant.

Q: What do chrysanthemums attract?
A: Yes, chrysanthemums attract butterflies. Can I plant these in containers? Yes, the annual varieties tend to be small and good for containers. Be mindful that they will not bloom until late so combine them with something that blooms in summer, or move them to a more prominent location only later in the season.

Q: Are chrysanthemums invasive?
A: The introduced annual Chrysanthemum coronarium is a common invader (Fig. 1) with largely undocumented community-level effects.

Q: Can I leave chrysanthemums in the ground?
A: In mild areas and with well drained soil, most Chrysanthemums should survive outdoors if covered with a mulch of organic material.

Q: Do chrysanthemums grow in the wild?
A: Wild chrysanthemums are perennial, growing to 3 feet high, blooming from August to October. The plants prefer moist but well drained soil that is sandy and loamy. They are hardy in USDA zones 6 to 9, and requiring full sun, will not grow in shade.

Q: How many years do chrysanthemums live?
A: The chrysanthemum lifespan is only three to four years and while it could last longer than that, it will get more susceptible to winter damage with each passing year.

Q: Are any chrysanthemums native to North America?
A: Chrysanthemum arcticum (Arctic daisy) | Native Plants of North America.

Q: What do chrysanthemums do spiritually?
A: A white chrysanthemum is a symbol of loyalty and devoted love. In general, chrysanthemums are believed to represent happiness, love, longevity and joy.

Q: What part of chrysanthemum is poisonous?
A: The entire plant is poisonous and contains sesquiterpene lactones, pyrethrins, and several other toxic substances. Both the lactones and pyrethrins are used to produce insecticides, and can cause low blood pressure, respiratory failure, coma, and death in severe cases.

Q: Are chrysanthemums toxic to humans?
A: Do You Know Which Flower is a Potential Danger to Your Child? The Answer Is: Daisies Daisies, which are considered Chrysanthemums, are toxic to childrens and can cause a range of symptoms including skin rashes and blistering.

Q: Who should not drink chrysanthemum tea?
A: If you’re allergic to daisies or ragweed, you might also be allergic to chrysanthemum. Direct contact with the flowers may cause skin irritation and asthma in some people. One study also linked drinking chrysanthemum tea to the development of anaphylaxis in a small number of cases.

Q: What is the killer chrysanthemum?
A: The yellow center of the ‘killer chrysanthemum’ contains a natural toxin that is a powerful insecticide. This flower, the pyrethrum plant, contains a potent chemical that is made into an effective, and environmentally friendly, insecticide. Gilgil, KenyaThe deadliest flower in the insect world is soft to the touch.

Q: Can you eat all chrysanthemums?
A: All Chrysanthemum flowers are edible, but like marigolds their flavor can change depending on the type. They’ve been known to taste tangy, bitter, and peppery. Our dried edible chrysanthemums have a mildly sweet, herbal flavor with notes of honey.

Q: Do chrysanthemums purify air?
A: Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum morifolium) Florist’s chrysanthemums or “mums” are ranked the highest for air purification. They’re shown to eliminate common toxins as well as ammonia. Treat yourself to a fresh pot, as this flower only blooms for about six weeks.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.