Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC. The plant is renowned as one of the Four Gentlemen in Chinese and East Asian art. The plant is particularly significant during the Double Ninth Festival. It is believed that the flower may have been brought to Japan in the 8th century CE, and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal. There is a "Festival of Happiness" in Japan that celebrates the flower. The flower was brought to Europe in the 17th century. Carl Linnaeus named it from the Greek word χρυσός chrysous, meaning "golden" (the color of the original flowers), and ἄνθεμον -anthemon, meaning flower.
I'm particularly fond of these as a subject flower, and I hope you enjoy this version.
A black and white version of this image can be seen here.
Photography by HY-TEC IMAGES.