Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


1. In Germany chrysanthemums are considered to be unlucky; they’re associated with funerals [Mettlach, Germany, August 2004].

ARFLC 0172. Brompton Cemetery, London, All Saints Day (1 November) 1985: Most of the Polish graves had been, or were being, decorated with flowers – nearly always chrysanthemums, but in one case dahlias – and lighted candles.

3. Chrysanthemums are never brought into the house – used extensively for decorating graves for All Saints and All Souls [Days]. Austria, Bavaria. 1950s & 60s [St John’s Wood, London, May 1983].

4. From an informant of Italian origin, Kettering, Northamptonshire: chrysanthemums not brought into house because of association with funerals, cemeteries [Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. March 1982].

Images: main, decorating grave, Welford Road Cemetery, Leicester, November 2014, inset, used in Corpus Christi carpet of flowers, Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, Arundel, West Sussex, 25 May 2016.