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Chrysanthemums

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There are about 37 species of chrysanthemums, mostly grown in the wild in Eastern Asia. Chinese has been cultivated chrysanthemums for over 1000 years, almost every color of chrysanthemum can be found except blue and violet. In China, Chrysanthemums are apprecaited not only for their beauty and medicinal benefits, but also for their symbolisms in the chinese culture. They are associated with autumn, when the days are getting shorter and colder, when the cooler ying is replacing the warmer yang. They also symbolizes Confucian scholar, for their virtue of being able to blossom in less favorable conditions. They have inspired vast number of writings through out chinese history. Chrysanthemum is also one of the most popular subject in chinese paintings as well as many other aspects of chinese art.





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