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Selina flowers sources Kenya Chrysanthemum flowers from family growers after which we consolidate them, ready for the various market destinations. We also serve the local market.
At Selina Flowers, the Kenya chrysanthemum is a leading aromatic flower winning a standing ovation over other flowers for, among others, dome floral blossoming into a beautiful mold-like design, herbal quality and environmentally-friendly aroma!
Chrysanthemum derives from the greek world ‘chrys’ reminiscent of the Odyssey story where there were two peaks, Scylla and Charybdis that the Greek hero had to go through as if passing though the eye of the needle. This has no relevance to the naming of the flower but adds spice to the fact that when Carolus Linnaeus, the botanist from Sweden gave the chrysanthemum its current appellation, he derived from chrys, as in golden, and added ‘anthmon’ as in flower, which has significance because it borrows two names closely related to the taxonomical origin of the flower, in general. Add to that the fact that the mum has over a thousand varieties and each just like Scylla and Charybdis, were named depending on appearance or antagonism against others of their kind. So, hope you do not get caught between the lush growth of pyrethrum and white chrysanthemum because you won’t note the difference yet you cannot pick both in the same tray because they are as diverse as the two Odyssey peaks!
Originally and still in sedentary places in the world, including North America, the chrysanthemum has come a long way into civilization. It is easy to see through the beauty of both floral varieties that pyrethrum and the mum flower belong in the same genus, especially since they are lush and common in the Kenya highlands. As to origin, look no further than the Far-east, in China, where the chrysanthemum with its saturation of monotonous yet beautiful colors ranging from a netted yellow, to indigo, magenta, pink and wispy white, grew as a herb. That was around 1500 BC.
By the turn of mid-17th century, 500 varieties of the Chrysanthemum had come to light, wild as the plant had appeared earlier. Annals from China through Europe to Japan show that the plant got veneration in art and painting to the extent that the Chinese called it one of its ‘Four Gentlemen’ of flowers in Oriental art.
Historically, as part of temperate or subtropical flora, chrysanthemum has been available for ages in the wider European and Asian region, common as Eurasia to geographers. The flower transmuted to the Far-east through the agency of monks in the year 400 A.D. The flower generated such a great measure of liking from royalty that it led to the development of thrones that resembled a growing chrysanthemum! By that date, there were about a thousand genera that propagated around 20,000 species.
Since time immemorial, mums have been a sacred text when it comes to gardening and display. Though popular in typical bouquet displays with other flowers in vases, mums are also suitable for spectacular exhibition in places like international fairs.
If you are a connoisseur for exhibiting flowers, then the maiden head of Kenya chrysanthemum is a definite go. It rears its daisy look-alike head proudly whether in stalk or cut and in vase display. Selina Flowers’ small family growers of Kenya Chrysanthemum have both garden and exhibition varieties. The latter is perhaps the harder to cultivate but with plenty of props, cool, dry environment and proper care, it can take any shape you want to display. Be it a jet-like floral vista, mop head, broom head or any other fantastic shape including a mushroom shape, you have our word that you will get it.
For the gourmet out there, take a look further into the kitchen and you will be breathing easy again with the wafting floral scent and aroma of tea. Indeed right from Asia to Ethiopia, Kenya and Europe, mums feature in beverages. Yellow and white lily-like mums from the family Chrysathemum morifolium are popular teatime favorites. You can also steam the leaves and boil them in syrups to make a Japanese sashimi.
Whatever your favorite, Selina Flowers is ever ready to consolidate the best Kenya chrysanthemum that our family growers have to offer. Place your order today.