In Chinese culture, the chrysanthemum, which blooms in late autumn and early winter, represents nobility and elegance. People believe that it stands for the man who maintains his virtue despite adversity and temptation as it flourishes in the cold days when all other flowers were fading away. Therefore, it was regarded as one of the four gentlemen in the world of flowers.
In ancient essays and poems, the terms “jade bone, icy body, pearl petal and red heart” was commonly found to describe this flower. In the eyes of Chinese scholars, it has an ideal personality, so it was favored by many Chinese scholars.
Sometimes, it is also a symbol for “getting together” as it has the same pronunciation of the Chinese word “ju”, which means getting together.